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Data Scientist Dayton Thorpe Comments on COVID-19 - #plugintodevin
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April 02, 2020 08:00 AM PDT
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Guest: Dayton Thorpe

Bio: I am a Data Scientist in San Francisco. I completed a PhD in physics at UC Berkeley and a bachelor's in math and physics from the University of Southern California. I serve on the Board of Directors for Eden I&R/211 Alameda County and Conard House, two California non-profits.

Website: howto115.com
Facebook: facebook.com/dayton.thorpe.7
Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/dayton-thorpe-45240658/
Instagram: @dayton.thorpe

Candidate Daisy Thomas Says Coronavirus Highlights Need For Improved Health Care — #plugintodevin
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April 01, 2020 08:00 AM PDT
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Guest: Daisy Thomas
Office Sought: Utah State House District 46
Issue: Health care
We all need healthcare.
Every human being deserves to live a life of dignity and in the US that means life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I don't believe people should suffer and die in poverty because they lack the financial capacity to pay for required medical services. Healthcare is an investment into a functioning society, as we are seeing with this worldwide pandemic.

Bio: Daisy Thomas served as the Utah Democratic State Party Chair 2017-2019, presiding over more growth in the Democratic Party than Utah has seen since the 1990s—retaining all incumbents, while adding three State House seats, one State Senate seat, and a seat in the US Congress -- all turned blue during Daisy’s tenure.

Website: http://www.daisyforutah.com/
Twitter: @daisygthomas
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDaisyThomas
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daisygthomas/
Instagram: @daisyforutah

Photo credit: Karen Sewell, Avenue Twelve Photography

Musician Kurt Bestor Talks About Health Care for the Gig Economy — #plugintodevin
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March 31, 2020 08:00 AM PDT
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Guest: Kurt Bestor

Office Held: National Delegate for Obama 2008

Issue: Health Care

As a free-lance musician, I have no employer and health insurance is very expensive.
There was a time in my life when I COULDN'T get health insurance (because I had two children with Spina Bifida). I made too much money to get Medicaid or other help while not making enough to pay for expensive medical specialists out of pocket. No insurance companies would cover my family due to the cost of the kids' care. Talk about medical care "no man's land!" I have LONG been a fan of taking the profit margin out of health care. R & D is one thing, but the profane world that health insurance and hospital monopolies have created need to be curtailed. A version of a one-payer system is a good place to start. This would cover all Americans for basic health care. Of course, like in Canada and the UK, one can always pay for luxury care or nicer hospital digs, but EVERY American should have the constitutional promise of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Sounds like good health to me!

Bio: Kurt Bestor, an Emmy-Award-winning and Grammy-nominated composer, is known for the incredible range of musical genres in which he excels. From his full orchestral film scores for IMAX movies like Great American West and Sedona to cutting edge synth compositions for television shows and video games, there's virtually no style he hasn't composed. Bestor's music is played by orchestras, bands, and singers the world over. His popular anthem "Prayer of the Children" is still one of the most sung choir songs in the world and is currently being covered by American Idol finalist David Archuleta and the iconic rock group Three Dog Night. When not composing, Bestor performs his traditional holiday show to sold-out audiences in the Intermountain West and his classical compositions and orchestral pops shows with various orchestras throughout the world.

He and his wife, Petrina, and daughter Ella make their home in the mountains of Utah.

Website: http://kurtbestor.com
Twitter: @kbestor
Facebook: facebook.com/kurtbestor
Linkedin: linked.com/in/kbestor
Instagram: @kbestor

Campaign Manager Angela Krull Flips the Script — #plugintodevin
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March 30, 2020 08:00 AM PDT
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Guest: Angela Krull, Campaign Manager

Issue: Opportunity and economic mobility for all

I grew up in a relatively small town in Idaho. I was taught that if you work hard, you can achieve your dreams. What I didn’t understand then and only really started to understand with more life experience was that not everyone starts in the same place and that all too often, the obstacles to achieving one’s dreams are almost insurmountable. That is especially true for minority communities and some rural communities.

Bio: Angela is the campaign manager for Devin Thorpe’s campaign for Congress. She is a lawyer by trade and has been working in the non-profit sector doing development work for the past 10 years. She helped create the Community Foundation of Utah, raised over $1M to expand Quatere’s entrepreneurial peer cohorts to several urban and rural communities across Utah, and has served in the boards of several nonprofits, including Encircle House and Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. Angela has a BS from the UofU in Political Science, with a minor in Economics, and JD from U of U Law School. She and her husband have a daughter 11 and a son 10.

Website: http://devinthorpe.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angela.krull
Instagram: @angkrull

Pulitzer Prize Winners’ New Book Is Required Reading For Social Entrepreneurs - #1201
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December 20, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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Pulitzer Prize Winners Nicholas Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn have written a new book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, to be released next month. The book will follow the model of the couple’s previous collaborations, Half the Sky and A Path Appears, painful analyses of big social problems that also celebrate the hope found in existing solutions.
Without the benefit of a review copy, I recorded a discussion of the book and some of his other writing with Kristof several months ago. I invite you to watch the interview in the player above. Kristof’s thoughtful manner of speaking reflects a mind practiced in editing his prose as he goes, sometimes causing him to pause mid-sentence only to finish the thought by starting or finishing a new sentence, leaving the last incomplete.
It’s a style that has garnered the New York Times columnist millions of social media followers to whom he has often appeared in self-produced videos like mine (the key difference being the size of our respective audiences). His millions of fans and followers feel an authentic connection to the self-described “farm boy” from Oregon, despite more than because of his Harvard and Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar) education and 30+ years at the Times.
Kristof partners with WuDunn, his wife of three decades with whom he has three children, to write books. They won a Pulitzer for their coverage of the Tiananmen massacre in 1989 while they both worked at the Times. WuDunn now works in banking.
For Tightrope, which he describes as “deeply personal,” Kristof begins with his own beginning, returning to his rural hometown of Yamhill, Oregon. He focuses on the kids who were on his old school bus. “And about a quarter of those kids have passed away largely from what economists call a death of despair, drugs, alcohol, suicide and also reckless accidents.”
“Most of America has looked the other way as working families have collapsed into a miasma of lost jobs, drugs and shortening life expectancy,” he told me.
“One of the stories we tell is of some neighbors who lived not far from us,” he says beginning his narrative. “There's a family of five kids. The oldest was in my grade. Really, I mean, everybody was very smart. And they had risen very, very quickly. I mean, the 20th century had been enormously good to them. The dad had a good labor union job. And then then everything kind of collapsed and the jobs went away. The kids all ended up dropping out of school and they self-medicated with that with alcohol, with other drugs.”
“And then then they became less employable, less marriageable. The family structure, which had been really strong in my community, just collapsed very, very quickly. The social fabric, it became undone,” he said, speaking of his hometown. “And so now of those five kids, four of the five are now dead. And the only one who survived survived because he spent 13 years in the Oregon State Penitentiary on drug offenses.”

Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/35MqCeM

How Johnson & Johnson Is Changing The World Through Crowdfunding - #1200
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December 18, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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We at the Your Mark on the World Center have been sharing podcasts and YouTube episodes of the Your Mark on the World Show - The Social Impact Podcast about crowdfunding for good and other topics for the past eight years. In that time, we’ve had many sponsors but none so generous as Johnson & Johnson’s CaringCrowd.

CaringCrowd is J&J’s crowdfunding platform for global public health nonprofits. J&J collects no fees from users and matches most individual donations on the site up to $250. The mission alignment between CaringCrowd and the Your Mark on the World Center has been perfect, making the two organization synergistic partners.

CaringCrowd has provided funding not only to continue the show but also to do on-site training for nonprofit organizations across the country. This training, conducted from Montana to Mississippi and New York, has empowered nonprofits of all sorts to become more effective fundraisers, accelerating their various missions from serving the homeless to educating children around the world.

It is important to note that CaringCrowd co-founder, John Brennick, has become a great friend and is a true champion of global good. Guided by a commitment to true north, his decisions have always been based around maximizing the impact of the organization for the benefit of the most people. Humans around the world owe their lives to a quiet, unassuming guy passionately working to help nonprofits raise more money.

As we bring the show and the work of the Your Mark on the World Center to a close, we want to express our deepest appreciation to the support of Johnson & Johnson and CaringCrowd and John for their trust and support. However much or little we’ve done, we couldn’t have done it without you.

CEO Who Led Red Cross From Brink Of Disaster Reflects On Leadership Lessons Learned - #1199
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December 17, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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Gail McGovern, 67, became the eighth CEO in five years at the American Red Cross in 2008, as the country entered its most severe economic downturn in seven decades. Today, she remains at the head of what is once again a fiscally healthy nonprofit. Looking back, she reflects on what she learned.

The $3 billion annual revenue organization responds to 60,000 disasters every year, ranging from single house fires affecting one family to natural disasters that impact hundreds of thousands. At the time she took the helm, the large nonprofit had drawn down its available credit lines and was nearing the brink of its own disaster.

McGovern successfully steered the organization through the crisis and credits the leaders of the organization for their resilience during the challenging period.

She had been through challenges before; in fact, she often sought them out early in her career. Along with 1900 men, she was one of just 50 women admitted to Johns Hopkins University the first year that women were allowed.

She joined AT&T doing technology “back when dinosaurs roamed the earth,” she quips. She nearly had to beg for an opportunity in sales, defending her candidacy by noting she’d sold Girl Scout cookies. A series of other lateral moves prepared her for a trajectory that landed her in the executive suite. Later, she would join Fidelity Investments as president of Fidelity Personal Investments, overseeing an operation with 10,000 people and $500 billion under management.

After leaving, she spent four years at Harvard when the challenges at the Red Cross created an opportunity there. It appealed to her “give-back gene” so she took the job.

“After 28 years in the for-profit world, you would think I had learned what I need to learn,” McGovern says. Referring to her experience leading the Red Cross, she adds, “But it taught me to be a different and better leader as a result of that experience.”

McGovern shared what she learned about being a leader, lessons she says would have applied perfectly in her for-profit experience to make her a better leader.

“Back when I was in the for-profit sector, you know, I would tell people, ‘Calm down. It's just telecommunications. We're not saving lives here,’ or at Fidelity, I'd say, ‘Calm down. You know, it's just managing money. We're not saving lives here,” she explains. “That schtick doesn't work at the American Red Cross.”

“What I've learned at the Red Cross is it's possible to not only lead with your head, but also lead with your heart.”

She says, in the for-profit world, it was her style to seek input and build consensus, but she and the team knew that at the end of the day, she had the authority to make decisions and she did. “I would say, ‘OK, we’re going to do this. Everybody jump!’ And people would say, ‘How high?’”

She says, working with 300,000 volunteers and a relatively small staff of just 19,000 mission-driven people, that approach doesn’t work. She says, directing volunteers is different. When you say, “’OK, everybody jump!’ And they say, ‘No, I'm not ready to. You can convince me. I don't understand how that's going to help our mission.’”

Her success suggests she learned to adapt quickly. “What I've learned is, first of all, you can lead to the power of your ideas, not the power of your office.”

Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2PPFjHa.

This Mom Has Raised $175 Million To Fight Cancer In Honor Of Her Daughter - #1198
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December 16, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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Alex Scott never remembered a time she didn’t have cancer, having been diagnosed before her first birthday. She died at age eight. During her lifetime, Alex led efforts to raise over $1 million to fight childhood cancer.

Her mother, Liz Scott, has continued the effort inspired by her daughter. The organization she inspired has now raised $175 million to fight cancer, about $25 million this year.

As we approach the end of the run of the Your Mark on the World Show, I invited Liz to return to the show to provide an update as her inspiring story remains one of my favorites.

Interview with Liz Scott, the Co-Executive Director of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

The following is the pre-interview with Liz Scott. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

Revenue model:

ALSF generates revenue through supporter donations, partnerships with local and national businesses and by hosting special events.

Scale:

ALSF now has more than 50 employees and generates about $25 million annually

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

ALSF's goal is to find a cure for cancer. In the meantime, ALSF is funding research to help provide better, less toxic treatments to children with cancer.

This Founder’s Story Will Inspire You - #1197
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December 13, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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In 2008, Aussie Daniel Flynn came across two facts: children were dying (some still are) due to waterborne illnesses and the world market for bottled water was about $50 billion (now it is about $140 billion). In that juxtaposition, he saw a solution. The idea for Thankyou Water was born.

Working with his buddy Jared Burns and his then girlfriend now wife Justine Flynn, as first-year university students, they launched a consumer brand that features 55 different products and is sold in 5,500 locations across Australia and more recently New Zealand, dropping “water” from the brand to become “Thankyou.” The plan was to give 100% of profits to nonprofits working to eradicate extreme poverty. In 2015, the company set up a charitable trust which now owns the business. All dividends flow to the trust to be distributed ultimate to charities.

But I’ve skipped the good parts.

At the outset, the team found a bottler that agreed to produce their product without charging anything upfront.

“I remember we pitched to the largest distributor of beverages in the country. They work for brands like Lipton Iced Tea and Red Bull. And we're in the meeting sharing the vision we had, change the world, you know, one bottle at a time,” Flynn says. “And on the spot in our first sales pitch, the director says, ‘I love it. I'm going to order 50,000 units from you guys.’ And then he said, ‘How quick can you get it to me?’”

After a pause, unprepared for the question, Flynn says, “Well, give us about three weeks.”

“I mean, we were first-year university students. We had no concept of manufacturing lead times,” he adds.

“It sort of sums up Thankyou,” Flynn says. “We really haven't known what we were doing. And yet people have come around this idea.”

The social media marketing and the authentic connection with consumers has been key to success.

Rotary CEO Says Rotary Will End Polio And Do So Much More - #1196
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December 11, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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Rotary General Secretary John Hewko was recently given the additional title of Chief Executive Officer, which didn’t change his job description so much as it gives clarity to his role, especially for those outside the organization.

John is passionate about ending polio—and not just because that’s his job. For the past eight years, he has traveled to Tuscon, Arizona to participate in a 106-mile bike ride known as El Tour De Tuscon. Over the years, he and other Rotarians have raised over $50 million for the fight.

From his desk, John has a view of Rotary International that is uniquely broad and all-encompassing. No one knows more about the wide-ranging work Rotary does from local park projects around the world to international projects undertaken collaboratively among clubs from different parts of the world to address critical problems like clean water and maternal and child health.

Rotary is also working, he says, to create a new membership model that will allow people to join Rotary International without joining a local club. Tune in to the full interview to get more from John’s perspective.

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