Nonprofit vs. For-Profit Social Ventures-with the Co-Founders of Fair Kind

Linden Baker & Melissa Sevy co-founded a business which empowers artisans in developing countries who make indigenous handcraft which is sold to customers in the United States. Before they started this venture, all their efforts were in a similar non-profit called Musana International. But then they scaled up that concept to start Fair Kind, which is a for-profit.

We talk about the pros and cons of non-profit vs for-profit ventures. While Linden and Melissa have enjoyed the perks of both models over the years, they’ve seen how their for-profit has the greatest impact and sustainability. Find out why on this episode of Un-Uninformed.

For more info on Fair Kind, visit FairKind.com

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Networkr: The New App that Revolutionizes Networking

People who frequent networking events have a common problem: they keep meeting the same people at their table. Networking events try to fix this problem by having you draw a number out of a hat. But still, that’s not good enough. Because the hat doesn’t know what events you’ve been to before and how many people you’ve already met in the room. But the Networkr app does. Networkr is being released this month and it has the potential to affect millions of networkers across the world. We talk to the co-founders of Networkr: Brandon Knudsen and Brendan Dalley. It shouldn’t be a surprise that they’re so passionate about networking: that’s how they met. And they want to see more people have face-to-face connections after using this app. So is it just a Tinder for networking? No. It’s better.

For more information on Networkr, or if you want to be one of its pioneers, visit: networkr.io

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Impersonating Trump: Fake News, Witch Hunt, & #MAGA

Trump loves to use phrases like “fake news” or “witch hunt.” In fact he’s used these phrases in over 100 of his Tweets. But what do these Trumpisms actually mean? We take a deep dive into Trumpisms as Sean Sevy interviews President Donald Trump (Sean Sevy). In this interview, we don’t get any new Earth-shattering statements from the President. Rather, we get Presidential statements through Trump’s preferred method of communication: Twitter.

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Good vs Bad Charities: Finding Social Ventures that Work

Are you wasting money by donating to a charity? And is it worth it to start your own charity? We talk with Alicia Gettys who is the Director of Communications at BYU’s Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance. We talk about what makes a good charity and what makes one bad. Finally, Alicia gives us the framework for what it takes to start your own social venture.

If you’d like to make positive social change, here are some resources we talk about:

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Technology 30 Years in the Future- with Kevin Kelly

Will Artificial Intelligence take away my job? Is there a bright future ahead with the way technology is going?

This week, we’re asking questions about the future of technology, and joining us to sort it all out is Kevin Kelly, a co-founder of Wired magazine. Last month, he published the paperback of his new book The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that will Shape Our Future. Kevin Kelly points out that a lot of the patterns we’ve seen in the last decade of technology are also what’s shaping our future.

But then we get into what this means for us as humans. Are we doomed? While Stephen Hawking predicts that Artificial Intelligence can overtake the human race, Kevin Kelly is much more optimistic. As he sees it, we’ve got a bright future ahead with more opportunities than ever as Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, and enhanced connectivity make our world just a little bit better than it was before.

Kelly’s new book just hit the shelves for paperback. If you would like to be 30 years ahead of your peers on your outlook of technology, give this book a read. You can find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble an of course in digital form, by visit Kevin Kelly’s website: http://kk.org/books/the-inevitable/

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Solving our Clean Air Problem: Science won’t be Enough

Piper Christian helped her city leaders pass a clean air resolution when she was only 16 years old. 16 years old! And she continues to inspire youth activism throughout her state as they approach government leaders with clean air and climate change issues. And her crew of young activists have had success with both left- and right-leaning government leaders.

In this episode, we talk about how Piper Christian has been so successful in talking to people about climate change. And she argues that scientific data with graphs of carbon emissions and warming trends is great, but it is not enough to do the job. So what is needed?

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US & Russia Relations are Better than Ever…in Space

The US/Russia relations have been pretty rocky recently, but not when it comes to manned space travel. In fact, crews on the International Space Station with both Russians and Americans get along so well, that these astronauts believe the space station is a model for society. But it wasn’t always this way. During the “Space Race” era, space research between the two countries was not a friendly competition to see who could get to the moon first. Rather, it was a feud between ideals of democracy and communism. But all of that changed when President Nixon decided that our respective space programs are best when Americans and Russians are on the same team.

In this episode, Sean Sevy asks: What can we learn from these astronauts? He also asks a few other weird question about space, namely: What happens when I take my space helmet off on Mars?

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Toilets that Break Down Waste with Earthworms- with Dr. Meera Khader

Many slum dwellers in India live without a toilet. As a result, they must attend to nature’s call out in the open. Not only is open defecation an inconvenience or embarrassment, but it causes other issues such as: insect bites, disease,  missed education opportunities, and sexual abuse.

Sean Sevy talks to the founder of SAPID, Dr. Meera Khader, to discuss these problems. And fortunately, these problems have a solution: innovative toilet systems called Soilets. Soilets are toilets which break down waste using earthworms, which makes them a perfect fit for slums which lack basic sewer systems.

Sean introduced Soilets to India when he was a volunteer for HELP International in 2011. After the first 5 Soilets were built, SAPID continued to build Soilets to the point where there are now over 150 Soilets in the slum which once only had 5. Now, instead of disease spreading rapidly, the Soilet is spreading rapidly.

To follow SAPID’s development initiatives, follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SapidIndia

For more on Soilets, visit: Soilet.org

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Biodegradable Maxi Pads: Female Hygiene Just Got More Sustainable

Typical female sanitary pads take hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill. So unless we’re ok with future archaeologists digging up our remains in a thousand years just to find a bunch of used maxi pads…something must be done.

In this week’s episode, Sean Sevy talks with Ali Dibble and Ben Bradford, who are students working to develop a biodegradable maxi pad called the SHERO pad. The SHERO team–under the direction of University of Utah professor Jeff Bates–started out as a research project but is now a startup out to revolutionize the future of maxi pads. Not only are they catering to environmentally-minded American customers but they’re formulating a model for the SHERO pad to be accessible to women in developing countries who lack basic feminine hygiene.

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Evolution & Christianity: Can they Coexist? -with Dr. Steve Peck

Christians sometimes have a difficult time with evolution. And evolutionists are often Atheists. We hear from Dr. Steven Peck, who teaches evolution classes at BYU, which is a church-owned university. Steve talks about how he holds evolution–as well as religion–close to his heart. Can a strong belief in evolution and a complete dedication to Christianity coexists? For Steve, the answer is yes. Listen to this week’s podcast episode to hear how he pulls this off.

Dr. Steven Peck was the guest speaker at a monthly event called Faith Again. To learn more, visit FaithAgain.org

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This Device Will Save Thousands of Babies’ Lives

Each year, over 3 million babies in developing countries die within their first month of life. Many of these deaths would be preventable if these countries had adequate health care. A social venture called Neonatal Rescue was aware of these unfortunate statistics, and they’re poised to save thousands of lives with their new medical device. They’ve invented a neonatal respirator that does a lot of the same stuff you’d expect from a respirator in a US hospital. The biggest difference: it costs hundreds–not thousands–to produce.

In this episode, we interview Margaret Melville, the COO of Neonatal Rescue. We talk about how Neonatal Rescue plans on saving thousands of lives with this new device. And we answer a few questions like: What makes something sustainable in a developing country? OR: Why should we approach poverty issues with the intent to make a profit?

If you’d like to be in the loop on how Neonatal Rescue is saving babies, visit their website: NeonatalRescue.org or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

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Sneak Peek: Soilets, Crickets, and Artificial Intelligence

This summer, Un-Uninformed has some interesting episodes coming up, but we need YOU to submit questions about these topics! To be part of the conversation, follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Un_Uninformed

On this short un-episode, we’re giving a sneak peek into 3 episodes that will come out this summer. Here they are:

  1. Soilets are toilets that break down waste using earthworms. This is an example of how Engineering can be incorporated into International Development. Sean Sevy was behind the Soilet project in India and he might be talking about it on the stage for the Salt Lake TEDx event. Here’s his submission video: https://youtu.be/HPziz3y0Dpg
  2. Crickets have the potential to being the ultimate sustainable food source of the future. Pat Crowley will be talking about his startup which has put cricket flour into energy bars. Here’s when he spoke at a TEDx event in the Netherlands: https://youtu.be/gvX7kVUhrkw
  3. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is going to shape our future. It’s gonna be big, and the AI invention that will change the world hasn’t been invented yet. We’ll be interviewing Kevin Kelly, a columnist for WIRED who is well-known for his TED talk and newly-published book on AI. His TED talk is here.

Democrat & Republican Face-off: Immigration

Sean the Democrat and Sean the Republican face-off in a lively debate about immigration. Things get a little messy as they dive into these controversial issues. And there’s an extra quirkiness added as the moderator, the Democrat, and the Republican are all the voice of Sean Sevy. You can see how one mind can actually lean both left and right.

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If Someone Tells You: “You’re Biased,” They’re Right

Stereotype, prejudice, and implicit bias are things we all deal with. The question isn’t whether we possess these, but rather, what do we do about it. To help us gain understanding on this, Sean Sevy grabs insight from a diverse crew: a director at a conservative think tank, a President of the NAACP, a director for refugee resettlement, a BYU professor, a clown in a Gay Pride Parade, a Utah Jazz fan, and Pocahontas.

The US-China Relationship Explained- with rapper Big Daddy Dough

What does China think about Trump? What does China hope to gain in making deals with the US? Why is the US-China relationship important? All of these questions are answered as Sean Sevy interviews Big Daddy Dough, who is an economist in Beijing by day and a rapper by night. Big Daddy Dough recently released his new album: “The Redprint: Rhyme and Reason in the Riddle Kingdom,” which consisted entirely of rap/hip-hop/funk parodies about Chinese culture and politics.

So why does Big Daddy Dough dedicate an entire album to Chinese issues? For money? No. In fact, the album is free of charge if you go to theredprintalbum.com. Here’s what he wants from his listeners: first, to gain a greater appreciation for the importance of the US-China relationship and second, he urges listeners to donate money they might have spent on the album to the charities on his website.

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