Hurricanes Harvey & Irma: Are We Disconnected from those Affected?

Armando Porras is a Spanish Teacher for students experiencing the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. To Armando, cancelling school for the pending storm at first seemed like a good chance for a break. But (of course) it wasn’t. The storm hit harder than expected and Armando went from a full-time teacher to a full-time volunteer in disaster cleanup. In our interview, Armando contrasts the Hurricane’s effects on the rich and the poor–both of which he has a close relationship with.

We also talk with Rich Woodruff, the Utah Regional Director of Communications for the American Red Cross. He give us some pointers on how we can contribute to the relief efforts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. If you would like to donate or get involved with the American Red Cross’ relief efforts, visit: redcross.org

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The Role of Women in Engineering

A typical Engineering graduating class only has a handful of women. And often we see even less women in the actual engineering force. So how do we address this? That’s a question that the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is constantly asking. Joining us in this episode are two women heavily involved with SWE: Amy Jo Moore and Emilie Murphy. We talk about what it’s like to be a women engineer in a world often catered to male engineers (i.e. the engineering building only has a Men’s bathroom). We talk about issues like the female to male pay gap. And we talk about what SWE is doing help women fight the often uphill battle of being a female engineer.

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Taco Stands: Models for Exceptional Customer Experiences-with Scott Porter

Scott Porter has been to hundreds of taquerías (aka taco shops) across North America and he’s learned a few valuable lessons. It turns out that the secret to the universe when it comes to exceptional customer experiences can be found in the taquería experience. Scott Porter joins Sean Sevy in a random taquería near Salt Lake City, Utah called Tacos Mi Caramelo. It just so happens that this restaurant is a perfect model for the types of exceptional customer service experiences that Scott has been preaching about for years. And these principles are not limited to the restaurant industry. Businesses across the world from tech startups to taco shops have been successful with customer satisfaction as they’ve nailed a few of the principles covered in this episode.

Join us in this episode where we get to be foodies and entrepreneurs at the same time.

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Why It’s OK to Not Always Be Happy-with Keri Dyer

Is the goal of receiving counseling for you to be happy all the time? We talk to a licensed clinical social worker, Keri Dyer, whose answer to that question is a big NO. So if it’s not about always being happy, what is it all about? For Keri, the answer lies in implementing what is called Emotional Hygiene. We also talk about: common misconceptions of people with emotional disorders, how to combat depression and anxiety, and if you stick around after the interview, you get to sit in on one of the biggest parts of Emotional Hygiene: mindful mediation. That’s right: we do a meditation session, and you’re invited to join in!

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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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