#243 - What's Possible with Hydropower, with Gia Schneider of Natel Energy
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3h ago
Hydropower was the first and is now the oldest large-scale source of renewable energy that we’ve deployed worldwide. Hydropower offers a unique set of advantages in the context of an entirely decarbonized energy grid. It can offer storage capacity and be more consistent when sources like wind and solar are not available.   Gia Schneider is the CEO of Natel Energy, an innovative company she co-founded with her brother, Abe, in 2009 that is designing and implementing hydropower projects that both produce affordable, clean, and renewable energy and leave the river ecosystems they're set up i ..read more
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#242 - How to be a Conscious Consumer
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by Grow Ensemble
3w ago
There are two seemingly contradicting realities of “conscious consumerism”: No matter how “consciously” we buy, we aren’t going to shop our way into a more sustainable and equitable world. The ways we do/don’t spend our money are incredibly impactful. Maybe this is confusing at first glance, but it becomes clearer when we explore what conscious consumerism is on the individual and collective level. “Consuming consciously” is INCREDIBLY important. It’s my belief, though, that it’s important in ways that we might not first think. How/what we consume is a statement about what we believe and aff ..read more
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#241 - Magic Exists
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by Grow Ensemble
2M ago
Magic is all around us, whether we are looking for it or not.  Unlike the supernatural forces often featured in books and movies, this form of magic operates on the miracles of nature; the wonderful things Mother Nature creates, such as life, and her power to maintain the co-existence of all.  In today’s episode, Cory explores the existing magic that is happening in our world. He shares his enthusiasm for the miracles of nature and the beauty of life, particularly the mysterious behavior of animals and nature, and how incredible they can truly be if we take a moment now and then to o ..read more
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#240 - What's Next: Learn. Understand. Love. Protect. Repeat. ∞
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by Grow Ensemble
2M ago
The Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation podcast is back with exciting, meaningful, and impactful discussions to help make the world a better place! Listen in to hear about the new approach of sharing stories that matter to learn what is possible in creating sustainable discussions, and understanding the impact of what we can do to save the planet and live in a safe ecotopia. Grow Ensemble believes in opening minds to the endless possibilities of building the courage to act, protect, and preserve the beauty of the world; because together, we can continue to make a healthier, brighter, and be ..read more
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We’re Taking a Short Break! Here’s Why & When We’ll Be Back
The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast | Grow Ensemble
by Grow Ensemble
5M ago
Check out this latest episode to hear about our plans moving forward for the Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast. TLDR; We're taking a break for September, but will be back in October telling more stories about all things building a better world.  But! With a new approach. :)  -- -- ? BETTER WORLD WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: The Better World Weekly is a weekly newsletter written and published by Grow Ensemble Founder and Podcast Host, Cory Ames. For the latest insights, analysis, and inspiration for building a better world, join the 1000s of changemakers and social entr ..read more
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#238 - How (& Why) to Institute Shorter Work Weeks, with Dr. Alex Pang
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by Grow Ensemble
6M ago
Overwork and burnout – so prevalent in today’s society that over 60% of employees around the globe suffer from workplace stress, creating billions of additional health costs annually. By re-examining how we work and reducing the number of working hours each week, we can greatly reduce this additional stress and financial burden. Dr. Alex Pang is the Global Programs and Research Manager for 4 Day Week Global, a non-profit community advocating the 4-day work week, and the Founder of the Silicon Valley-based consulting company Strategy and Rest. Alex has written books that illustrate how individu ..read more
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#237 - How Business Can Help Get Money Out of Politics, with John McCrea of American Promise
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by Grow Ensemble
6M ago
In any political election—especially major ones, such as the upcoming midterm elections in the United States—it’s important to know where the money to fund various campaigns is coming from. As citizens, we should also understand how that flow of money (both in and out) affects the business community. John McCrea is the National Business Network Manager of American Promise. This organization advocates the 28th Amendment of the Constitution to protect elections from foreign money and special interests, and pursues freedom for all Americans.  As a former small business owner, John felt the n ..read more
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#236 - How to End the World's 'Hurricane of Hunger' in One Generation, with Roland Bunch of Better Soils, Better Lives
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by Grow Ensemble
6M ago
The world's hunger crisis continues to worsen, affecting millions of people globally. Most people refer to this problem as a result of climate change, but the reality is that 80% of the problem is caused by soil, and only about 20% by climate change. Roland Bunch is one of the most well-respected thought leaders in regenerative land development and management, having studied and been in the field for 55 years. He is a former member of the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger and a Co-founder of Better Soil, Better Lives. He has published dozens of articles and authored the books "Two Ear ..read more
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#235 - The Making of an Impact Report, with Annie Agle of Cotopaxi
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by Grow Ensemble
6M ago
An impact report is a document essential in measuring a company's impact on people and the planet. It’s a tool that can help businesses align their core values and make informed decisions, providing insight and promoting a culture of accountability and transparency for customers and value chain members. Annie Agle is the Senior Director of Sustainability and Impact at Cotopaxi, a purpose-driven company that creates outdoor products, apparel, and experiences. As a person who grew up doing outdoor activities and is passionate about methodology and philanthropy, the opportunity of working with a ..read more
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#234 - How to Fix Chicken Farming with Regenerative Agriculture, with Paul Greive of Pasturebird
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by Grow Ensemble
7M ago
Whether a fatty snack or nutritious meal, all the food we consume has a massive impact on our bodies. That’s why it’s important that we have access to foods that are safe, nutritious, affordable, and, ideally, work in harmony with the environment. Paul Greive is an accountant, marine veteran, family man, and founder of Pasturebird. Pasturebird is one of the largest pastured poultry producers in the US that uses regenerative farming and provides people with more nutritious meat that comes from a more natural environment.  This accountant-turned-farmer believes everyone should have access t ..read more
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