Social Change Nation's Podcast | Make a dollar AND a difference

FAIR TRADE FASHION.  What does that mean to you?

 

This week we sit down with Zoe Schumm, a fashion designer using her design skills and business sense to create social change.  Zoe believes that fair trade is more than just a company policy or practice.  She believes that fair trade fashion should empower artisans to hone their craft and change their lives. Zoe founded the women’s clothing brand 4 All Humanity with her husband in 2012.  Zoe seeks out artisan communities, connect them to the global market, and provide technical assistance to help their small business grow.

 

Zoe talks about how her journey to start her own fashion brand at a young age, and how her knowledge of supply chains inspired her social mission.  She shares about overcoming obstacles of working in developing countries as well as her greatest accomplishments impacting the lives of both artisans and students in developing countries.

 

Zoe also breaks down the main issue with fashion industry only caring about the end consumer and not caring about the producers of the product.  4 All Humanity shifts that focus and creates equal emphasis on both quality end products as well as the quality of life for those producing their products.  This philosophy is what separates them as a social venture.  

 

To Subscribe to the Social Change Nation Newsletter Click HERE

Check out the Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory HERE

Recommended book: The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun

 

Love audio??? Josh has gotten everyone a free audiobook download! Click here to get your free book! And click here to get you some LSTN Headphones - they're the cause-based headphones we use around here for all the podcasts & audiobooks we listen to!

 

This podcast is broadcasted proudly from the Kansas City Startup Village

Direct download: Part_1_5.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Josh - Live from Kansas City! 

Hey Change Nation!  Josh is flying solo today on this BONUS podcast. This is our way of saying thanks to all of you in Change Nation and to send a special welcome to all our new listeners!

SHOW NOTES:

1.) Shoot Josh an email at josh@socialchangenation.com, say hey, and let us know how we can best help you!  We'll answer every email :)

2.) If you'd be so kind, we'd love a rating on the podcast!  You can do that here (you'll have to click 'view in Itunes').

3.) Open up the Social Entrepreneur's Toolbox and Join Change Nation by signing on here

Take er' easy y'all!

Direct download: BONUS_Tools_for_Social_Entrepreneurs.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:35pm CDT

Part 2 of our interview of Phil Ozorkiewicz of OJOS Eyewear involves some specific questions that dive deep into his journey to social entrepreneurship and how he founded OJOS. We finish with quick but insightful one-off questions in the rapid fire round. Check out the notes below for quick links for some of the things mentioned by Phil during this interview.

 

Show Notes

  • What is a social venture besides OJOS that we all should checkout?

    • Water.org - safe water and sanitation solutions that give women hope, children health, and communities a future

  • What is an online/offline resource you are using that you think all social entrepeneurs should use?

  • What piece of advice would you give to an inspiring change agent

    • The first steps can be incredibly scary, but don’t stop.  Keep pouring your heart and soul into it because it will pay off.

  • What is a favorite fun escape?

    • Motorcycle riding and surfing

  • What is a caused based book that we should all read?

  • What can we do right now to start changing the world?
    • Change the way you interact with everyone daily.  Your positive energy can impact someone in a powerful way.

  • Contact

 

To Subscribe to the Social Change Nation Newsletter Click HERE

 

Check out the Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory HERE

 

Recommended book: The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun

 

Love audio??? Josh has gotten everyone a free audiobook download! Click here to get your free book! And click here to get you some LSTN Headphones - they're the cause-based headphones we use around here for all the podcasts & audiobooks we listen to!

 

This podcast is broadcasted proudly from the Kansas City Startup Village

 

Direct download: Part_2_4.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

This week we talk with Phil Ozorkiewicz, founder of OJOS Eyewear,  about sustainable fashion and social entrepreneurship.  OJOS is an amazing company because it uses unique products of exceptional quality to help solve global environmental issues in several ways.  For every pair of sunglasses sold, OJOS plants 10 trees in countries that suffer from deforestation .  OJOS also uses their carrying pouches as a means for social stewardship. All “impact pouches” are made via a micro-financed grassroots campaign with indigenous women in India to create jobs and support a way of life. These pouches are made with organic cotton, all of OJOS packaging and print is made with 100 percent recycled papers, and  the company’s unique display cases are  made from pine-wood reclaimed from Colorado.  On top of all that, OJOS voluntarily taxes themselves a 1% “Earth Tax” to donate to worldwide organizations that work to protect, preserve, and sustain healthy environments.

 

Phil does a great job explaining how he structured his company to impact the earth and its citizens  in so many ways through generating revenue.  He strongly believes that you still can be profitable while still striving to be as sustainable as possible.  OJOS Eyewear sought out B-Corp certification early on, and Phil talks to the benefits of the decision and the choice to be cause-based.

 

“It wouldn’t be right and we wouldn’t be able to live with ourselves if we did create these environmental and social initiatives as the structure of our company.” - Phil Ozorkiewicz

 

Tune in for Part 2 of this interview with Phil on Wednesday, March 25th.

 

Sign on for the Social Change Nation Newsletter HERE

Check out Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory HERE

 

Love audio??? Josh has gotten everyone a free audiobook download! Click here to get your free book! And click here to get you some LSTN Headphones - they're the cause-based headphones we use around here for all the podcasts & audiobooks we listen to!

Direct download: Part_1_4.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

We are back with Part 2 of our interview with Tyler Merrick of Project 7.  Tyler answers some of our rapid fire questions and gives great advice and  insight that is definitely worth the listen!  

 

BONUS: Josh wraps up the interview by focusing on some key takeaways and asks the important question..

How do you define success?  

 

Show Notes

  • Who is your hero?

    • My Dad

  • What is the single most defining moment you have had as a change agent?

    • The second chance to fix what did not work with the initial strategy for Project 7.

  • What is your favorite tool you are using to grow Project 7?

  • What is the best piece of advice that you have ever received?

    • It is a marathon, not a sprint

  • What is one fun escape you turn to?

    • Sitting at the beach and being grounded by relation to other worlds across the ocean.

  • What is the first thing anyone can do right now to start changing the world?

    • Love yourself first

    • Moonlight your dreams

  • Contact

 

Love audio??? Josh has gotten everyone a free audiobook download! Click here to get your free book! And click here to get you some LSTN Headphones - they're the cause-based headphones we use around here for all the podcasts & audiobooks we listen to!

 

SCN Newsletter

Social Good Shopping Guide

Direct download: Part_2_6.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

This is a  MUST LISTEN PODCAST for any social entrepreneur in the consumer product space.  We get to chat with a social entrepreneurship leader; Tyler Merrick.  Tyler is a leader in the social entrepreneur movement and founder of his own social venture called Project 7.  Project 7 sells gourmet gum, mints, and other products we consume everyday generate sustainable impact in 7 areas of need around the globe.  

 

Tyler candidly tells us his story of becoming a social entrepreneur leaves nothing out.  He shares how he has had many peaks and valleys in his road to social entrepreneurship and stresses that it will be like that way for most founders of social ventures.  Tyler highlights great teaching points from his own mistakes made when transitioning into the social business space as well as with his initial strategy for Project 7.  He gives analogies and personal stories to suggest a gradual shift into social entrepreneurship and urge against a dramatic career change to social entrepreneurship. Tyler shares on how to tell the story of the great product to get people involved in a great cause without selling the cause for “pitty purchases”.

 

Tyler is a true leader in this movement and genuinely get what achieving sustainable impact is all about.  He illustrates how the way they he measures the success of Project 7 has evolved over time.  Tyler finds satisfaction in his work from positively impacting consumers using a product, retailers selling the product, and non-profit partners being able to help more people with donations generated by the product.

 

 

Tune in to part 2 of this podcast on Wednesday, March 18th.

 

 

Love audio??? Josh has gotten everyone a free audiobook download! Click here to get your free book! And click here to get you some LSTN Headphones - they're the cause-based headphones we use around here for all the podcasts & audiobooks we listen to!

 

Social Change Nation Newsletter

 

Social Good Shopping Guide

 

Direct download: Part_1_6.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

We are back with Julie and Sheila of Lions in Four talking with them about how they made the decision to create their own non-profit and work specifically with women in India.  They also give some great advice for new social entrepreneur deciding whether to partner with an existing non-profit or start their own. Finally, Sheila and Julie discuss creating a strong brand name and exceptional products before the rapid fire round

 

  • What is one social venture we have to check out?
    • Maiyet - Luxury fashion for a greater cause
    • Soko - Jewelry made from upcycled materials
  • What is an online or offline tool that you use to grow your social venture?
  • What is one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?
    • Keeping the cause at the core, and always feel that it is worth feeling for.
  • What is one fun escape you turn to?
    • Shopping
  • What is a caused based book you think we should all read?
  • The End of Fundraising As We Know It by Jason Saul
  • What is the first thing we can do right now to start changing the world?
    • Vote with your dollar, support businesses that support causes and practice sustainability.
  • Contact:

 

 

 

 

Social Change Nation Newsletter

Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory

 

Love audio??? Josh has gotten everyone a free audiobook download! Click here to get your free book! And click here to get you some LSTN Headphones - they're the cause-based headphones we use around here for all the podcasts & audiobooks we listen to!




Direct download: Part_2_3.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT


HIGH FASHION meets HIGH IMPACT.

 

This week we chat Julie with Martin and Sheila Martinsen, the fashionable founders of Lions in Four.  Jule and Sheila founded Lions in Four in september of 2014, so we get to hear the perspective of some of the latest and greatest players in the sustainable fashion industry.

 

Lions in Four is a globally-minded, socially conscious, affordable luxury accessory brand. The silks for the company’s collections are created and hand-dyed by Women artisans in the hillsides of Kerala, India.  The company’s mission is to empower women in India and around the world to break the poverty cycle. Lions in Four works with the non-profit WE CARE of India by donating ten percent of their profit to cover operational costs.  The company is also in the process of establishing its own artisan studio and training facility to provide sustainable employment for women and girls in rural South India.

 

The Julie and Sheila got into social entrepreneurship because they were inspired by others who dedicated their life’s work to solving social issues and yearn to have that same fulfillment. Listen to Part 1 of this interview for some great strategies, advice, and insight into running a caused based business.  Julie and Sheila share the struggles and triumphs of their first year in business  as well as purpose, passion, and vision that will propel them to grow their impact for years to come.  

 

Tune in on Wednesday, March 10th for Part 2 of this interview with Julie and Sheila of Lions in Four.

 

Social Change Nation Newsletter

Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory


Love audio??? Josh has gotten everyone a free audiobook download! Click here to get your free book! And click here to get you some LSTN Headphones - they're the cause-based headphones we use around here for all the podcasts & audiobooks we listen to!

Direct download: Lions_in_Four_Julie_and_SheilaPART1.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

We are back talking with Kari Brizius of Relan. Relan is the social enterprise that works to reduce waste by repurposing banners and billboards into promotional bags and accessories.  Kari answers some question about some of the unique characteristics of Relan and sustainability before going through the lightning round Q & A’s.

 

Show Notes:

 

Contact Kari:

580-917-1274

kbrizius@relangreen.com

 

Love audio??? Josh has gotten everyone a free audiobook download! Click here to get your free book! And click here to get you some LSTN Headphones - they're the cause-based headphones we use around here for all the podcasts & audiobooks we listen to!

 

Josh's Book Recomendation: Out of Poverty by Paul Polak

 

Social Change Nation Newsletter

Social Good Shopping Guide

 

Direct download: Kari_Brizus2.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

This week we have a podcast guranteed to be a lot of fun for anyone passionate about fashion, marketing, and up-cycling.

 

Todays interview features Kari Brizus, a social entrepreneur helping to create a cleaner environment by up-cycling waste into fashionable, functional, and promotional tote bags.  Kari and her mom run a social enterprise called Relan, which means to reinvent fashion. Relan makes bags, backpacks, cases, and other products out of vinyl taken from old billboards and banners that would otherwise end up in a landfill.  Over 600,000 tons of vinyl is manufactured each year for billboards alone.  Relan is more than a bag company doing sales in boutique stores, but they instead use their unique product to help other business be champions of sustainability. They partner with business to take their old billboards and banners and up-cylce them into custom bags to give out at conferences, trade shows, or as a part of promotional campaigns. By doing this Relan is able to promote the clients brand as well as sustainability.

 

Kari shares about her personal mantra, what it means to be a social entrepreneur, and her motivation behind starting a caused based company.  She also breaks down how to navigate different channels to find the right advocates for you social cause within large corporations.  All companies are looking for a unique way to target consumers, engage employees, and strengthen channel partnerships, Relan does all that with a unique product that uses waste materials for ultimate environmental sustainability.

 

Listen in to find out more about Kari and Relan.and check out Part 2 of this inteview on Wednesday, March 3rd!

 

Love audio??? Josh has gotten everyone a free audiobook download! Click here to get your free book! And click here to get you some LSTN Headphones - they're the cause-based headphones we use around here for all the podcasts & audiobooks we listen to!

 

To sign up for the SCN Newsletter CLICK HERE

This podcast is brought to you buy:

The Social Good Shopping Guide

 

Direct download: Kari_Brizus1.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

1