#253 - Seth Godin: How to Escape Industrial Capitalism's Race to the Bottom & Do Work Worth Doing
The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast | Grow Ensemble
by Grow Ensemble
1M ago
Yes, we need to make a living.  But how do we make a life?  It might not simply be about the money.  When the world is in turmoil, when our health is at risk and the future seems murky, perhaps paychecks and productivity aren’t enough. Perhaps we can’t manage our way into the future.  What if we created the best job someone ever had?  What if we built an organization people would genuinely miss if it were gone?  What if the work we did made things better?  Mozart, not Muzak.  This is the Song of Significance This interview with Seth Godin, author of 21 i ..read more
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#252 - Is Globalization Good or Bad? The Effects of NAFTA & Global Supply Chains ⛓️
The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast | Grow Ensemble
by Grow Ensemble
2M ago
On December 8th, 1993, Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into law.  In his remarks at the signing, Clinton proclaimed, “NAFTA means jobs. American jobs and good-paying American jobs. If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't support this agreement.”  Two decades after NAFTA had been in effect (1993 - 2013) the Economic Policy Institute reported that over 850,000 American jobs had been moved abroad.  Why? Because American companies gladly moved jobs to Mexico where the daily wage of a Mexican worker was roughly equivalent to the minimum wage per hour ..read more
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#251 - 7 Examples of Greenwashing
The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast | Grow Ensemble
by Grow Ensemble
2M ago
In this episode of Grow Ensemble, host Cory Ames delves into the deceptive tactics of greenwashing, where companies mislead the public about their environmental and social responsibility. Through 7 compelling examples, Cory sheds light on how businesses use certifications, misleading marketing claims, and acquisitions to present themselves as sustainable and ethical, while engaging in harmful practices. With a focus on transparency and accountability, the episode challenges both consumers and business leaders to identify, confront, and avoid falling victim to greenwashing. Tune in to gain a de ..read more
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#250 - What Makes Great Coffee? ☕️
The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast | Grow Ensemble
by Grow Ensemble
3M ago
5 roasts, over 5 regions, and the story of the coffee supply chain from farm to cup. Our task here is to explore and reconsider this question: what makes great coffee?  To do so I’ve enlisted the help of my many friends at Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee. Dean’s Beans is a 100% employee-owned, Certified B Corporation based out of Orange, Massachusetts.  The company was founded by Dean Cycon, an environmental and indigenous rights lawyer, back in 1993. Dean set out to prove coffee around the world could be bought, sold, and delivered to our cups without compromising the health and well-be ..read more
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#249 - The 10 Characteristics of Success in Social Entrepreneurship
The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast | Grow Ensemble
by Grow Ensemble
5M ago
What does success mean to you? Defining success in a field can define the field. Defining success for ourselves will define our lives. And so here, friend and coach of mine, Paul Zelizer and I go through the essential exercise of defining what to each of us makes for a successful social entrepreneur. Paul is a business coach for social entrepreneurs and host of the Awarepreneurs Podcast where he’s published over 300 episodes with deep-dive interviews with world-class social entrepreneurs. Here we have a unique style of show for you, where back and forth, Paul and me reveal each of our own Top ..read more
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#248 - Are we even close? | ensemble #1
The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast | Grow Ensemble
by Grow Ensemble
6M ago
In a little over a decade, Houston has housed over 28,000 people who were experiencing homelessness. The U.S.’s 4th largest city has cut its total homelessness figures by more than 60% since committing to tackle this issue head-on in 2012. Representatives from cities nationwide visit Houston to learn about how they’ve achieved such progress. Houston adopted what’s called a Housing First strategy. Housing First, for those unfamiliar, is an approach to addressing the challenge of homelessness by first, before addressing anything else (addiction and sobriety, employment, etc.), housing the indivi ..read more
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#247 - The Preamble: What's in a Name? | ensemble #0
The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast | Grow Ensemble
by Grow Ensemble
6M ago
We're thrilled to introduce a new format of the show — what we’ll be calling Ensembles.   These ensembles are designed to be something of a meditation, helping us to explore the art of living and working sustainably and building a better world, from a different perspective.  The goal here through sharing various stories from the wide world of sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and innovation, is to seek understanding. We’re digging for the principles, values, and ideas that we can take with us on our collective journey to build a better, more sustainable world.  This ..read more
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#246 - Quit Stressing Me Out: How to Restore the World's Dying Coral Reefs
The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast | Grow Ensemble
by Grow Ensemblue
7M ago
The right amount of stress at the right time. That’s all it requires to trigger coral to grow anywhere from 25—50x it’s natural rate as it would in the “wild.” In the practice of coral farming, this is called microfragmenting. Our guest today, Sam Teicher, is the co-founder of Coral Vita. In Freeport, Grand Bahama, Coral Vita is farming coral (using techniques like microfragmenting) to restore the planet’s dying reefs. By employing breakthrough techniques Coral Vita can as well grow coral at 50x the typical rate. In 2021, Coral Vita was an Earthshot Prize winner, an incredible award for any en ..read more
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What Is a Sustainable Product? (And How Can You Identify One?)
The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast | Grow Ensemble
by Grow Ensemble
1y ago
Assessing the sustainability of any individual product or company is a core facet of the work we do here at Grow Ensemble. But if there’s no agreed-upon definition of “sustainability,” it’s unclear what anyone means when they say their product is sustainable. So, for the sake of setting important definitions, here we are asking: What is a sustainable product? ⭐️ SPONSORED BY: Tentree, Dean's Beans, Saybrook University & Choice Organics -- -- ? BETTER WORLD WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: The Better World Weekly is a weekly newsletter exploring the art of living + working sustainably ..read more
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Doing Real Estate Development Differently, with Anyeley Hallová of Adre
The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast | Grow Ensemble
by Grow Ensemble
1y ago
The role of a real estate developer is not only to improve a piece of land or build to increase its monetary value. They are also responsible for designing an environment and community that can promote sustainability, social justice, and equity. Anyeley Hallová is a real estate developer and the Founder of Adre, a community-driven real estate development company committed to a bold vision of design excellence, development innovation, and environmental stewardship, both in building construction and equitable outcomes. In today’s episode, Cory and Anyeley talk about how sustainable building ..read more
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