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The Good Stuff is the (mostly) monthly podcast of The Story of Stuff Project (www.storyofstuff.org). Annie Leonard's conversations on the Good Stuff highlight people who are rolling up their sleeves and making positive changes in their communities - right now. Whether they are entrepreneurs, community leaders, or neighborhood kids, these inspiring individuals prove that anyone can make a difference and by joining together we magnify our power to accomplish remarkable things.
 
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Stiv Wilson was in the middle of the ocean, hundreds of miles from land when he decided to quit his job to devote himself to putting a stop to plastic pollution. In Episode 18 of the Good Stuff, Annie sits down with Stiv Wilson from 5 Gyres and takes a close look at plastic pollution in our oceans, lakes, and rivers. Annie wraps this episode with a…
 
Want to share more Stuff, but don’t know where to start? In Episode 17 of The Good Stuff Annie sits down with sharing champion and legal rebel Janelle Orsi. Their conversation reminds us all what’s so great about sharing – whether it’s new friends, a smaller environmental footprint, or supporting a just economy – and just how easy it is to do. Read…
 
In a world where too many of us are weighed down by ever-increasing piles, drawers, and closets full of Stuff, sharing provides a deceptively simple solution. In this episode, Annie interviews Adam Werbach, founder of yerdle.com, about the sharing economy. Just imagine how radically different it would be if when you needed something, you could firs…
 
“The best antidote to worrying about a problem is getting involved in trying to fix it. The same is true for our kids.” In the context of climate change, it’s all about moving towards a clean energy economy that is kid safe and climate safe. For Episode 15 of The Good Stuff, Annie sits down with Lisa Hoyos, co-founder of Climate Parents, to discuss…
 
Meet Alex Freid and Amira Odeh. These two young people saw something amiss in how their communities related to Stuff and decided to do something about it. From eliminating waste during dorm move-out season to putting a stop to bottled water sales, here are two great examples of what it looks like to take action for "better" instead of "more."…
 
When a thermometer factory in New York closed because of increasing U.S. regulation of mercury, the operation was moved lock, stock and barrel to India, where enforcement of environmental laws is lax. Now a subsidiary of Unilever – the company behind everyday brands like Vaseline, Dove Soap and Lipton Tea – which operated the factory in India, is t…
 
If it's on the store shelf, it's been tested and found safe, right? Guess again. Bev Thorpe of Clean Production Action talks about the hidden chemical dangers in everyday products and how ‘green chemistry’—designing materials and products without harmful chemicals—promises to transform the relationship between us and our Stuff.…
 
In 2007, two kids in Michigan set out to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award by raising awareness about the endangered orangutan. They learned that the orangutans’ habitat is being destroyed to plant oil palm plantations. After making the shocking discovery that palm oil was an ingredient in Girl Scout cookies, they launched a campaign to make Girl …
 
Protecting our health from toxic pollution is too important a job to be left to scientists, government regulators or even professional environmental activists. Annie looks at two communities, half a world apart, where citizens showed that people on the front lines of pollution have the power to fight back against being poisoned.…
 
This podcast, recorded in January of 2013, turns the tables – or rather the microphone – on Annie as she’s interviewed by Jearlyn Steele of WCCO-AM in Minneapolis. Given the recent shift in public discourse, Annie and Jearlyn talk about what must be done to combat climate change. Annie also reflects on the first five years of The Story of Stuff Pro…
 
From corner bakeries to one of Spain’s largest companies, worker-owned co-ops around the world are providing an alternative model to business as usual. Annie talked with worker-owners of the Evergreen Cooperatives, which are transforming an economically distressed neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio – and changing lives at the same time.…
 
Being a citizen isn’t about where you were born or whether you have the right papers – it’s acting on our responsibility to stand up for the planet and other people. In Part 1 of a special podcast, Annie talks to leading changemakers about citizenship – “the freedom to participate in power.” Next month, Part 2: how citizens can make change.…
 
That’s the manifesto of the growing movement to make our Stuff repairable rather than disposable. And some people are going beyond repairing their Stuff to making their own. In this episode, Annie talks to a couple of high-tech entrepreneurs about the importance of the fourth R: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – and Repair.…
 
Know someone who says they’re too busy to reduce their waste? Or says it’s too hard? A very busy wife, mother and entrepreneur near Philly shares how she did it! Earlier this year, Annie spent a day with Karla Trotman in her home near Philadelphia for a taping of ABC’s The Revolution. Like many busy women, Karla has her hands full with kids, work a…
 
We hear it every day from people who are concerned about what's happening to the environment: "What can I do? I'm just one person!" What if you were just one 8-year-old boy? Cole Rasenberger didn't let that stop him from taking on one of the world's largest fast-food chains over its packaging. In this episode of The Good Stuff, Annie learns how Col…
 
Did you know that if everyone in the United States tied their annual consumption of plastic bags together in a giant chain, the chain would reach around the Earth’s equator 776 times!? In our inaugural podcast, Annie speaks with Rose Timmer, a community activist from one of the United States’ poorest cities who successfully banned plastic bags. Way…
 
Welcome to IAM Talking, a periodic podcast interview series, with your host, Dan Keldsen, Chief Engagement Officer at Information Architected. Today IAM Talking Lean Everywhere – small i to BIG I Innovation with Ken Shropshire, Director of Continuous Improvement from AstraZeneca. Lean Powers, Activate! Ken and I met each other when I was involved i…
 
Welcome to IAM Talking, a periodic podcast interview series, with your host, Dan Keldsen, Chief Engagement Officer at Information Architected. Today IAM Talking with BJ West – he is a writer, filmmaker and graphic artist, and has worked on some of the best selling computer games of all time including The Sims, SimCity 3000, The Sims Online and The …
 
Today, the topic is Employee Engagement, and what engagement means from several perspectives. Welcome to IAM Talking, a periodic podcast interview series, with your host, Dan Keldsen, Chief Innovation Officer at Information Architected. Today IAM Talking with Robb Webb, the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for Hyatt Corporation, and who has bee…
 
Today, the topic is Employee Engagement, and specifically, about Gamification. Welcome to IAM Talking, a periodic podcast interview series, with your host, Dan Keldsen, Chief Innovation Officer at Information Architected. Today IAM Talking with Kevin Werbach, an Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at The Wharton School, Univers…
 
What separates "modern" social network systems from "first generation" social networks like Friendster (and, to an extent, systems like LinkedIn)? It's the architecture. Join us as we explore how current systems "design for social sharing" with Rashmi Sinha, cofounder and CEO for SlideShare. Slideshare is the world's largest community for sharing p…
 
As part of our special track at Supernova 2009: Real Time Flow, co-hosted by BT, we are engaged in exploration of the shift from a web of static pages to real time streams of interactions. (Last year, our innovative Open Flow track considered the technologies and practices that allow information to move freely between users, websites, and organizat…
 
We’re excited to announce a special track at Supernova 2009: Real Time Flow, co-hosted by BT. Join us for a cutting-edge exploration of the shift from a web of static pages to real time streams of interactions. Last year, our innovative Open Flow track considered the technologies and practices that allow information to move freely between users, we…
 
Denise Howell is a seasoned appellate and intellectual property litigator based in Los Angeles. Weblogs she writes or has written include Bag and Baggage, Lawgarithms, Between Lawyers, and The Industry Standard. She writes the Dicta column in The American Lawyer magazine on a bi-monthly basis, hosts an audio series at TWiT.tv called this WEEK in LA…
 
danah boyd is a researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a Fellow at the Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She recently completed her PhD in the School of Information at the University of California-Berkeley. Dr. boyd’s dissertation “Taken Out of Context: American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics” focused on how…
 
Can we still have “privacy” in the Network Age? How do individuals, as well as services such as Craigslist, Facebook and Twitter, protect themselves and their information online? What can we do about it, if anything? Join us on November 4 to discuss “Privacy and Data Security in the Network Age” with noted expert Samir Jain. About Samir Jain: Samir…
 
For this week's Supernova Network Age briefing, we'll be speaking with Google's Bradley Horowitz about how business and personal productivity applications are changing in the Network Age. Why types of solutions lend themselves to being either highly networked, or delivered over the network? What types of organizations are embracing web-based applic…
 
This week's Supernova Network Age Briefing will feature Scott Blake Harris, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy. This is a chance to ask questions first-hand about topics as far ranging as current "Smart Grid" efforts, how technology is changing our thinking about carbon sequestration and nuclear energy, and how cybersecurity intersect…
 
Google Wave is this year’s most anticipated new product. On Thursday, October 15 at 4pm PT / 7pm ET, Google Wave lead developer Lars Rasmussen will join us from Sydney, Australia, for our weekly Supernova Network Age Briefing Call. Is Wave a revolutionary development, or has it been overhyped? You decide — Join the conversation on the web or by pho…
 
We are moving from a web of pages and sites to a rich and continuous stream of interactions. Historically, we often thought of the web using a metaphor of “real estate,” with accompanying lexicon of “sites” and “locations.” However, as the Network Age has evolved, we now are beginning to realize that the web has duality, and also has characteristic…
 
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