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- A Manual for Building Community – Neighborhood Playbook (POY 40)
Kevin Wright and Joe Nickol wrote The Neighborhood Playbook to unite community developers and everyone else around common goals, starting in Cincinnati.
- Using Journalism to Bridge Divides – Spaceship Media (POY 39)
Eve Pearlman and Jeremy Hay founded Spaceship Media to convince opposing sides to talk. They’re using journalism to reconnect Americans and restore trust.
- Awakening Compassion at Work – Monica Worline (POY 38)
Monica Worline has co-authored a book about the benefits of compassion at work, and about how we can make our workplaces better for everyone.
- Feeling Powerless? Try Family Dinners – Lynn Barendsen (POY 37)
Lynn Barendsen directs The Family Dinner Project at Harvard, where she and her team help American families gather around their dinner tables again.
- Our Right to Fair Repair – Gay Gordon-Byrne (POY 36)
Gay Gordon-Byrne directs The Repair Association, a group of repair professionals and advocates fighting to make the products we buy easy to repair again.
- How Your Slow Cooker Can Change a Life – Crescent City CrockPot (POY 35)
Aaron Taylor and Rosie Nolan co-founded Crescent City CrockPot in New Orleans to slow-cook meals for those who are homeless. Here’s why it matters to them.
- Overcoming Fear of the Future – Yisroel Roll (POY 34)
Yisroel Roll is a psychotherapist and rabbi from Baltimore. He’s helped hundreds of people overcome fear, anxiety, and depression to find their true selves.
- Healing the Sickness of Our Secrets – Cheri Speelman (POY 33)
Cheri Speelman leads The AIDS Outreach Project near Seattle, helping those at risk for drug-related afflictions. Here she shares her compassionate outlook.
- Violence Can Be Stopped – Tony Barksdale (POY 32)
Tony Barksdale is a retired commissioner from the Baltimore Police Department. He believes violence can be solved, and he’s committed to see that happen.
- Defending the Earth from Asteroids – Danica Remy (POY 31)
Danica Remy is the COO at B612, an organization out to detect and deflect asteroids before they can impact the Earth. Here she shares their unique mission.
- Bringing Local Government & The Public Together – Kirsten Wyatt (POY 30)
Kirsten Wyatt co-founded ELGL to bring government employees together and to inspire confidence in local government. Listen as she shares what motivates her.
- The Search Engine for Social Services – Selina Sosa (POY 29)
Selina Sosa directs Community Outreach at Aunt Bertha, the Texas B Corp offering a search engine for social services. Listen as she shares their mission.
- How to Award Politeness Points – Bill Durkin (POY 28)
Bill Durkin gives cards, or Politeness Points, to thank polite train riders in Boston. He and Josh talk about how this simple idea can spread empathy.
- Touch Awareness & Sculptures of Hugs – Bonnie Kemske (POY 27)
Bonnie Kemske creates sculptures mimicking hugs using touch research. Her goal is to raise awareness of the benefits of touch and bring people together.
- Building Community with Local Homestay Programs – Julie Knopp (POY 26)
Julie Knopp directs City Stay, which offers local homestay programs in Minnesota. Listen as she compares this one-of-a-kind idea to study abroad education.
- Emotional Labor Among 911 Dispatchers – Jim Marshall (POY 25)
Jim Marshall trains 911 dispatchers to protect their mental health in their high-stress jobs. He also shares why he enjoys serving these hidden caregivers.
- 100 Tools to Empower Global Women – Betsy Teutsch (POY 24)
Women are the largest group affected by poverty worldwide. Betsy Teutsch has written an outstanding book on 100 tools they are using to improve their lives.
- The Social Benefits of Trees – Paul Johnson (POY 23)
Paul Johnson helps Texans manage their trees, and he also hosts a podcast about the benefits of trees. Learn more about this surprisingly important field.
- BeArded WARRIORs, A Veterans Support Group – Ty Oswald (POY 22)
Ty Oswald started BeArded WARRIORs, a veterans support group, to help others in Alabama like him. He’s also committed to reaching veterans across the US.
- AbleGamers & Video Game Accessibility – Steve Spohn (POY 21)
Steve Spohn is the COO of AbleGamers, which helps those with disabilities play video games. He and Josh talk about this incredibly touching mission.
- Restorative Justice in the American South – Doug Ammar (POY 20)
Doug Ammar directs the Georgia Justice Project, which supports those the criminal justice system harms. He boosts the restorative justice approach to crime.
- Giving Christmas Trees & Being a Santa – Alex Gramling (POY 19)
Alex Gramling and his friends started giving away Christmas trees after a chance encounter with someone in need. Now he enjoys being a Santa for others.
- Using Social Media to Reunite Families – Kevin F. Adler (POY 18)
Kevin F. Adler founded Miracle Messages to record videos with those who are homeless. He then shares them with lost family members to facilitate reunions.
- Funding Good Deeds to Build Community – Laura Hale (POY 17)
Laura Hale founded the ONE Good Deed Fund, which provides small grants to fund good deeds and build community in Burlington, Vermont.
- Veterinary Social Work – Dr. Elizabeth Strand (POY 16)
Dr. Elizabeth Strand directs one of the only veterinary social work programs, and she’s determined to improve mental health among veterinarians.
- Teal Pumpkins & Food Allergy Awareness – Amanda Painter (POY 15)
Amanda Painter is part of the group behind the Teal Pumpkin Project, a campaign to make Halloween safer for children with food allergies. Here’s her story.
- OptiKey, An App for Limited Mobility – Julius Sweetland (POY 14)
Julius Sweetland created OptiKey, a free eye tracking app for those unable to type. Josh also talks with Analy Perez and Kevin Lasher on ways it will help.
- Encouraging Truck Driver Health – Barry Pawelek (POY 13)
Barry Pawelek travels the United States encouraging truck driver health throughout the industry. Here he shares his story and a few tips for drivers.
- Financial Literacy for Everyone – Drew Guthrie (POY 12)
Drew Guthrie is the COO at the FoolProof Foundation, which is improving financial literacy in many ways. He is driven by lessons from debt in his own life.
- Children’s Books in Barbershops – Alvin Irby (POY 11)
Alvin Irby is a teacher and comedian on a mission to place children’s books in barbershops throughout the United States, starting in Harlem.
- Starting a Public Skate Park – Ben Hlavacek (POY 10)
Ben Hlavacek and his friends decided to build a skate park in Kansas City and were met with help from a surprising amount of people. Here’s their story.
- Detention Center Volunteering – Katherine Weathers (POY 09)
Katherine Weathers is a detention center volunteer in Alabama. She is part of a group that visits men awaiting deportation in a socially isolated facility.
- Spreading the Joys of Neighboring – Sarah Grey (POY 08)
Sarah Grey maintains a popular website about neighboring that is based on weekly gatherings at her home. Hear her and Josh have a fun conversation about it.
- Light Pollution Awareness – Drew Carhart (POY 07)
Drew Carhart has spent years raising light pollution awareness and encouraging fondness for nature near Chicago. Listen as he shares what he has learned.
- A Sober Gym for Those in Recovery – Ian Acker (POY 06)
Ian Acker founded Fit To Recover, a nonprofit sober gym, to unite former addicts. His story is one of redemption, and he is using it to change lives.
- Public Libraries as Community Centers – David Lopez (POY 05)
David Lopez is a technology librarian in Santa Ana who enjoys helping people. Hear him talk about his work, his love for his city, and what motivates him.
- Ending Homelessness Among Veterans – Elizabeth Buehler (POY 04)
Elizabeth Buehler is Salt Lake City’s Homeless Services Coordinator. In this episode, she describes her city’s heartfelt mission to give everyone a home.
- Boatbuilding with At-Risk Youth – Jodi Carpenter (POY 03)
Jodi Carpenter is a Maritime Educator who teaches boatbuilding and life skills to troubled teens on Lake Erie. Hear Jodi and Josh’s fun talk about her work.
- Building Public Benches – Adam Greenfield (POY 02)
Adam Greenfield is a co-founder of The Public Bench Project, which is building public benches in San Francisco. Topics include community and urban design.
- Making Food Stamps User-Friendly – Jimmy Chen (POY 01)
Jimmy Chen is a co-founder and CEO at a startup that is redesigning services like Food Stamps to be user-friendly. Learn about the podcast and about Jimmy.