The Boiling Point Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Jenna discusses with Greg and Dave how she created the name Pickle Planet, and the importance of bringing a community together.
  • Jenna explains the meaning behind Project Nice List and how she spreads kindness and positivity during the Christmas season.
  • She also spoke about the kindness challenges that she has created through her social media platforms that challenges people to do a simple task each day for 30 days that creates a positive impact for people to enjoy during the holidays.
  • Listen in on this episode to hear Jenna Morton chat with Greg and Dave about how she plans to continuously spread kindness with Pickle Planet and Project Nice List.

BIO:

  • Jenna Morton launched her platform Pickle Planet in 2016 in the Greater Moncton Area, with a mission to connect parents together.
  • She set out with a goal in mind to start up Project Nice List by cutting through the noise of Christmas and reconnect with simply spreading kindness through the season.
  • Jenna continuously strives to send positive vibes with her projects and strongly encourages collaborations through the holiday season.
Direct download: The_Boiling_Point_-_Episode_174_-_Jenna_Morton.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Greg and Dave interview Craig Kielburger, one of the Co-Founders of WE Day.
  • Greg and Dave bring special guests Kaiya Hemmings and Liam Vale onto the show to ask Craig Kielburger some questions about the WE Day event.
  • Craig talks about what inspired him to start WE Day and discussed how WE Day has grown into what it is, and how it is continuing to grow while making a positive impact on the world.
  • Listen in on this episode to hear Craig Kielburger further discuss to Greg, Dave, Liam and Kaiya about the amazing WE Day event and the difference it creates to make the world a better place.

BIO:

  • Craig Kielburger alongside with his brother Marc Kielburger are the Co-Founders of WE Day, which is an organization for kids to help change the world with a positive impact.
  • They set out on a bold mission over 20 years ago to work with developing communities to free children and their families from poverty and exploitation. 
  • Craig and Marc have continued to create this positive impact for the world while expanding their vision to connect them with global issues and social causes, and partnering with schools to inspire young change-makers from within the classroom.
Direct download: TBP_-_WE_Day_Episode_-_Craig_Kielburger.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 10:33am EDT

THIS EPISODE:

Greg explains to Dave how he met Walter in West Bronx in New York at the  Andrew Friedman Home at a social venture event for entrepreneurs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Freedman_Home .

Walter explains how important it is to help others with an incarcerated past and help them change their habits and embrace entrepreneurship. 

His business, Pen & Pistol, started as a leather craft company, founded by Ralphy Dominguez, who was formerly incarcerated and wanted to reinvent himself. He and his partner Ralphy did this by building a business from the leather craft skill Ralphy learned in prison. 

BIO:

Walter Escobar, operates his business with his partner Ralphy Dominguez in West Bronx in New York. Ralphy left prison with nothing but a new skill and a powerful yearning for the dignity that comes from building a business. Today, Walter, Ralphy and team hand make minimal leather accessories like wallets, cardholders, bracelets, belts, etc. Their products are made from repurposed leather that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Their main mission is to hire former felons and inspire them to create a positive road for themselves.

 

LINKS:

Pen & Pistol - Lifestyle/Leatherworks

Website 

Email for Walter walter@penandpistol.com

Instagram  

Facebook

Twitter 

Direct download: The_Boiling_Point_-_Episode_172_Walter_Escobar.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 9:06pm EDT

IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Greg and Dave interview Matt Webber, the voice of the introduction to The Boiling Point as well as the master of Post Production behind 150 episodes.
  • Greg met Matt in Halifax when both of them returned to the Maritimes, Matt let it be known that he was willing to work for free to learn about film so Greg took him in and made him his executive assistant for a year. They went together to MIPCOM and Real Screen. He also helped on the series Kardinal Sinners.
  • Matt talks about running a computer store, studied journalism and now operates a restaurant/pub outside Halifax called Edible Matters.
  • They laugh about the great time the three of them had producing 150 episodes.

BIO:

Matt is Co-owner of Edible Matters with his father Ed in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia since 2012. He is also the famous former Producer of the Boiling Point Podcast for 150 episodes. He was a Co-owner of the Flying Cow, a restaurant publication started in 2006. Matt has also been a Licensed Real Estate agent since 2012. 

Matt received his bachelor of Journalism from the University of Kings College in 2014.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (English/Psychology) in 2006 from Saint Mary’s in Halifax. He also graduated from Atlantic Media Institute in 2004 with a Media Arts Diploma.

LINKS:

LinkedIn Matt Webber

Edible Matters’ Twitter

Edible Matters’ Facebook

Edible Matters’s Yelp

Edilbe Matters’ Tripadvisor

Direct download: The_Boiling_Point_-_Episode_171_Matt_Webber.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 10:03pm EDT

Bio: 

  • Dana is a lifelong learner and radical doer with a passion for bridging the skills gap between education and industry.
  • He combined his interests in social entrepreneurship, education technology, and HR to set himself on a path to improve education and recruitment systems.
  • Dana launched Riipen, an online educational platform that enables schools to provide meaningful project-based experiential learning at scale.

This Episode:

  • A first on The Boiling Point, Dave and Greg used Facebook Live.
  • Their guest, Dana Stephenson from Vancouver, B.C., chats about his path to his current business.
  • Riipen is a company that is currently helping students access real world education for schools across America .
  • Dana speaks about how many schools are being added.
  • He also describes his transition from an entrepeneurship class in high school to building a company helping students.
Direct download: The_Boiling_Point_-_Episode_170_Dana_Stephenson.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 10:14am EDT

Direct download: TBP-_Episode_169_Natalie_Nixon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

  • Guillaume explains to Dave and Greg about Pixelis, as well as B-Corp being innovative with experimenting, creating and trying new things,  creating a compelling message for large companies.
  • Guillaume talks about "Brands" being branding agencies and innovation labs and how he brings both strategies together.
  • He shares that the B-Corp movement is very new in France compared to the United States and how they are working with other B-Corps to try to create legal status in France.
  • Listen in on this episode of the Boiling Point to hear about Guillaume De Vesvrotte's experiences with Pixelis and B-Corps.
Direct download: The_Boiling_Point_-_Episode_168_-__Guillaume_De_Vesvrotte.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

Owning an electrical business has taken Andy out of the field and into a management position in his electrical business. Although his comfort level was more suited for the field, he learned to adapt and embrace the role as an "outside leader". This shows itself as a new challenge everyday having him shifting gears, adapting and growing to suit each of these new challenges as they present themselves. 

Direct download: TBP_Episode_6_Andy_LaRose_June_21_2017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

Who is Jimmy?

  • Jimmy built a new town called Kalu Yala in Panama. Raised in real estate finance and educated in marketing, Jimmy has since come to spend his time working to change higher education and incubate start-ups off-the-grid.
  • The goal of his town Kalu Yala is to answer the question "What would a sustainable world look like?"

In this episode:

  • Greg and Dave talk about the Boiling Point Patreon. Subscribe and donate
  • The Boiling Point follows up with our last episode about Kalu Yala. This time we were able to get in contact with Jimmy after some plumbing difficulties he faced on his end of the line.
  • Jimmy shares about the new town he is building in Panama called Kalu Yala, which is a fully sustainable town that tries to prove that humanity can fit into nature without harming it.
  • Greg shares his incredible experience staying at Kalu Yala, and how inspired he was by Jimmy’s triple bottom line philosophy that he implements into Kalu Yala, which isn’t just a town but also his business.
  • Jimmy shares about growing his town and starting the blueprint for his future real estate framework that won’t have a negative impact on the environment.
  • Listen in to this week’s episode of the Boiling Point to hear Jimmy’s side story on supposedly “controversial” town in Panama.
Direct download: TBP_Episode_5_-_Jimmy_Stice_MIXED.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 1:22pm EDT

Who is Jimmy?

  • Jimmy built a new town called Kalu Yala in Panama. Raised in real estate finance and educated in marketing, Jimmy has since come to spend his time working to change higher education and incubate start-ups off-the-grid.
  • The goal of his town Kalu Yala is to answer the question "What would a sustainable world look like?"

In this episode:

  • Dave and Greg shares that the Boiling Point has officially opened up a Patreon account to help raise revenue to keep the Boiling Point thriving.
  • Greg shares how he got the chance to meet Jimmy Stice in his town called Kalu Yala. Greg was invited to Kalu Yala by his friend Yarrow Kraner where he got the opportunity to network with international thought-leaders.
  • The Boiling Point hosts realize that they had made a mistake with the dates and that today wasn’t even the date Jimmy was booked to come on.
  • Greg then decides to share his experiences travelling around the world in the last ten months to places such as Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Chicago, Panama, Vancouver, Detroit, Montreal, Ottawa, and the Arctic. This after promising to his friends and family that he wouldn’t travel too much this year.
  • He then shares that Jimmy is actually the CEO of Kalu Yala, as it is actually considered a company.
  • Stay tuned and keep posted to our future interview with Jimmy Stice.
Direct download: TBP_Episode_4_David_Greg_NO_SHOW_Jimmy_Stice__June_21_2017.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 10:51am EDT

About Jordan:

  • Jordan Kyriakidis is co-founder and CEO of QRA Corp. An accomplished scientist with numerous publications, Jordan created the initial algorithms powering the QVtrace engine and has successively taken fundamental research out of the university laboratory and developed it into compelling and necessary engineering tools.
  • Jordan is most proud of the culture and team at QRA. He has recruited some of the top technical and business talent in order to collectively execute the strategic vision.
  • QRA is now an emerging leader in design verification technology - tools for analyzing complex systems and requirements at their most crucial stages of development. 
  • Learn more about QRA at http://qracorp.com

In this episode:

  • Jordan explains to Dave and Greg about what his company QRA Corp exactly does, which involves applying his backgrounds in quantum physics to designing complex technological systems.
  • He shares how many companies create problems for themselves when building any advanced piece of technology in the early stages, and how these errors early on can cause unnecessary expenses that might hold a business back in the long run.
  • Jordan shares the incredible advancements in technology that the world is going through, including a computer writing an entire novel in Japan just recently.
  • Listen in to this episode of the Boiling Point to hear more about Jason Kyriakidis and his company QRA Corp
Direct download: TBP_Episode_3_Jordan_Kyriakidis_June_21_2017.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 10:52am EDT

About Nicole Leblanc:

  • Nicole LeBlanc joined BDC Capital in 2014 as Associate Director, Strategic Investments and Partnerships.
  • In this position, she actively manages the BDC convertible note program and associated investment portfolio.
  • Before joining BDC Capital, Nicole was Director of Finance for New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) where she played a central role in their investment activities, negotiations and business development, and oversaw their internal and external reporting. 

In this episode:

  • Greg and Dave talk about the booth… again. But this time they have a new booth! A new recording studio!
  • Nicole calls in to the Boiling Point from Kitchener-Waterloo to talk with our hosts at the Boiling Point.
  • Nicole shares her “sixty-second pitch” about herself and her involvement with BDC Capital in Toronto, Ontario.
  • She talks about her engagement to get more young women involved in the financial and technological industry that is traditionally more male dominated.
  • Nicole shares how Kaiya Hemmings is one of her favourite female entrepreneurs and how moved she has been by Kaiya’s braveness to speak out about making people feel included at such a young age.
  • Dave, Greg, and Nicole share how incredibly important it is to welcome and include all groups to take part in every industry, which is Nicole’s goal encouraging women to become more involved in traditionally male dominated sectors such as finance and technology.
  • Nicole shares her pride of being from the East Coast, and she explains how though Atlantic Canadian based entrepreneurs are very good at organizing and starting up businesses they can sometimes lack capital and economic movement. Which part of her vision is to see that change and to increase the entrepreneurial mindset in New Brunswick and in Atlantic Canada.
  • Tune in this week’s episode for the full podcast!
Direct download: TBP_Episode_2_Nicole_LeBlanc_June_21_2017_2.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 12:51pm EDT

About Corey Blake:

  • Corey Blake is the founder and CEO of Round Table Companies (RTC), an 11 year old creative agency using storytelling to drive personal and organizational identity shift, culture change, and dynamic marketing.
  • Corey was a professional actor in Los Angeles prior to starting RTC and starred in a Mountain Dew Super Bowl ad.
  • He is a frequent keynote speaker and facilitator. Corey has studied at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and the Stagen Leadership Academy, is a sponsor of Conscious Capitalism, and is the creator of the Vulnerability is Sexygame and movement.

In this episode:

  • Greg shares how he originally meet Corey in Philadelphia at the Social Venture Network Conference.
  • Corey explains his work trying to change the culture of business and marketing through the power of story-telling.
  • He then shares with our hosts his progression from being a paid commercial actor in Hollywood to becoming a sought out business partner who helps companies change their vision towards socially responsible business culture.
  • Greg and Dave reflect on the days when Greg went through his decision making process to draft the vision statement and implement the culture that Hemmings House stands for today, which is in line with the social economy.
  • Corey reflects with Greg and Dave on how implementing this culture of social responsibility into a company also means changing your own personal worldview and quality of life.
  • Tune into this episode to enjoy this inspirational conversation on changing the narrative of business and implementing a better economy for all!
Direct download: TBP_162_Corey_Blake_Mixed.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:45pm EDT

About Jason Martin:

  • Jason Martin’s toolbox of skills, Red Seal certifications and experience collided with his entrepreneurial itch when he acquired New Brunswick’s only private training facility exclusively for welding, Ready Arc Training & Testing, in 2013.
  • As president, Jason lives by his mantra of “consistent and steady improvement”. From changing locations and obtaining official recognition from the government to updating the curriculum and launching digital services for industry clients, Ready Arc has come a long way in 3 years – and continues to gain momentum with even more projects in development at this very moment. 
  • Besides running the day to day at Ready Arc, Jason continuously pursues additional training and also works on custom welding projects for notable clients and architects in and around Saint John. His work has even been featured on “Real Houses of…” on the W Network.

 

In this episode:

  • Jason returns to the Boiling Point after technical difficulties on the last time he came on the show, as it turns out it ended up being a blessing in disguise as Jason has even more information to offer than he previously couldn’t reveal about Ready Arc Training & Testing.
  • Jason talks about testing and certifying people who want to go into the boiler making and pipefitting industry in New Brunswick for companies before going over to Alberta to work. This being an affordable alternative to getting the same certificate in Alberta costing the potential employee an extensive amount of money.
  • Jason talks about also keeping track of a comprehensive database of these certified pipefitters and boilermakers, saving time and money for these contractors.
  • Greg compares this service as being an imperative comparable to having a company accountant that maintains a company’s financial documents.
  • Jason shares all of his other revolutionary time and money saving ideas that could change the landscape for the hardworking tradesmen of New Brunswick and beyond. Whether it be welders, pipefitters, or boilermakers, Jason looks towards making their lives better to create a positive impact.
Direct download: Episode_161_-_Jason_Martin.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:20pm EDT

Introducing Steve Beauschesne

  • Steve Beauchesne is the co-founder of Beau’s All Natural, a family run, employee owned and totally independent Canadian craft brewery.
  • Since its start-up in 2006, Beau’s has won more than 85 national and international awards for beer-making, marketing and packaging design, sustainability and business practices, and has raised more than $1 million for charity, community and independent arts.
  • Steve is Vice Chair of the Ontario Craft Brewers Association, and a frequent presenter at craft brewing, culinary, and sustainability seminars and events.
  • Steve was selected for the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce “Top Forty under 40” in 2015, and in 2013 Steve was recognized by the United Way with a Community Builder of the Year Award.

In this episode:

  • Greg and Dave go over how Steve looks like Greg’s doppelganger.
  • Steve goes over his journey of becoming a B-corp.
  • Greg talks about how Steve’s marketing budget is almost nothing because of the positive views surrounding his business because of his altruistic nature towards community.
  • Dave and Greg talk about the importance of becoming a B-Corp and how much work it is to maintain being a B-Corp.
  • Steve shares how his father instilled him with strong moral principles when it comes to handling business very ethically.
  • Steve explains how he sold his brewery to all of his employees as to share the company with all of the employees working for him.
  • Tune in for more on this week’s Boiling Point…
Direct download: Episode_160_Steve_Beauschene.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 7:44am EDT

About Henry Cross:

In this episode:

  • Greg and Henry talk about the tragic loss of iconic grunge star Chris Cornell.
  • Henry talks about growing up in Miami and not enjoying the humidity there, which influenced his eventual move up north to New York.
  • He discusses how Hush Yoga uses the practice of Yoga to positively impact their local community within New York City.
  • Henry shares the amazing impact Yoga has had in his life, and how it has changed his physical and mental health.
  • He hopes that one day Yoga becomes a common practice accepted in business organizations to better the health and wellness of its employees.
  • Henry finally reiterates is conviction that the practice of Yoga is an imperative to the future of preventative medicine.
Direct download: Episode_159_-_Henry_Cross.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 9:42am EDT

Introducing: Rick Doyle

  • Rick is the Owner of FiveStar Bailiff and Civil Enforcement Services.
  • He is a Provincial Civil Constable with 20 years of security experience.
  • Rick is a Former Professional MMA Fighter, a Former Professional Wrestler, as well as a Radio and TV personality.
  • FiveStarr Bailiff and Civil Enforcement Services focuses on protecting members in the community from physical or emotional harm.

In this episode:

  • Greg and Dave introduce former professional wrestler Rick Doyle onto the Boiling Point.
  • Rick shares with us his experience as a security guard and how he learned the vital importance of protecting people from the potential harm of dangerous people.
  • The boiling point guest explains his process of going about de-escalating violent situations through dominance and force.
  • Rick gives his reflection of changing his point of view towards people who are less fortunate in life, especially when it comes to looking after people who have disabilities.
  • Strong language is involved in this podcast, viewer discretion is advised.

 

Direct download: Episode_158_-_Rick_Doyle.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 9:59am EDT

Introducing Rivers Corbett:

  • Rivers Corbett, MBA, is an award winning serial entrepreneur, international speaker, startUP entrepreneurial thought leader, and author of"13 Fears of Entrepreneurs."
  • He has received numerous business awards including: 2015 Business Person of the Year, Canada's Hottest Start-ups List, as well as Canada's Fastest Growing Companies list through Profit magazine. He recently received the StartUP Canada Champion Award.
  • Rivers is a founding board member of StartUP Canada and is a host of the StartUP Canada Podcast Show. Most recently, he joined the Opportunties New Brunswick team to help significantly move the needle on the spirit and actions of entrepreneurship throughout the province.
  • Rivers is also a co-founder ofRayZen Innovations, a company that is significantly disrupting how non-profits & charities traditionally raise money through online gaming technology.

 

In this episode:

  • Greg is back hosting the boiling point! Big thanks to Wayne Jagoe for filling in for Greg for the past few weeks!
  • Rivers informs Dave and Greg about his career portfolio and endeavours.
  • He talks about his involvement with Opportunies New Brunswick and how he wants to create a more entrepreneurial environment throughout the province.
  • Rivers explains how the education system needs to be more business oriented, offering the youth a more in-depth understanding of entrepreneurialism and business management.
  • The Boiling Point talks about the importance of private enterprise and how it most likely is the key for New Brunswick’s economic recovery.
  • Greg and Dave discuss how they plan on having Rivers back on the show in the near future. Stay tuned!
Direct download: Episode_157_-_Rivers_Corbett_1_1.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 8:05am EDT

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm EDT

Introducing Dave Wolpin:

  • Dave owns Kredl’s Corner Market and Dave’s product packs.
  • Both businesses have grown exponentially over the past few years, including an 8,000 square foot expansion for Kredl’s.
  • Kredl’s Corner Market is a regionally represented grocery store that has the largest organic produce selection in the Maritimes.
  • Dave runs Driver Dave’s in Halifax which delivers organic produce around the city to the customer’s house.
  • Dave recently made national headlines through his close fight with bankruptcy. Because of his drive and determination Dave prevailed and got investors on board as well as raising money to save his business.

 

In this episode:

  • Wayne Jagoe is hosting the show in for Greg once again this week.
  • Dave Wolpin explains his career journey of going from a Kredl’s employee all the way to owning the local grocery store and expanding it over the years.
  • He also briefly explains the brief history of Kredl’s after being founded in 1980.
  • Dave talks about how he decided to stop selling unhealthy corporate pop and chips, and decided to go into the health food industry.
  • Dave elaborates the definition of the word poison and how modern genetically altered food matches that dictionary definition, especially when it comes to high fructose corn syrup.
  • Dave talks about his journey working on creating non-GMO chicken grain/feed after having a bad experience trying to access non-GMO chicken feed that was affordable for the customer in New Brunswick.
  • Dave starts telling his tale of perseverance through the terrifying times of his company almost going bankrupt.
  • Dave elaborates on the lessons he has learned during this great trial in his life, and how he learned the true importance of complete transparency and honesty when running into problems in life.
  • Wayne and Dave Veale give their reflections on the episode and the lesson learned about resilience.
Direct download: Episode_156_-_Dave_Wolpin.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Introduction:

  • Tammy is a professional pole dancer for the past 16 years of her life, travelling around the world to perform.
  • After starting as an exotic dancer she then moved into the fitness business to become a pole dancer and fitness instructor.
  • Over the course of her career she has won over 15 titles and awards associated with pole dancing.
  • Tammy takes pride in her passion, which she feels would be very useful to keep people healthy and exercised.
  • She now runs a business based on teaching the art of pole dancing.

 

In this Episode:

  • Wayne Jagoe fills in for Greg and hosts the show for the day.
  • Tammy talks about challenging the status quo’s opinion of pole dancing. She explains to Dave and Wayne how pole dancing is more of a fitness oriented activity, rather than what it is stereotyped as.
  • Tammy likes to explain how she always had an entrepreneurial spirit because she always liked to question things in life and do things for herself, it is through this philosophy that she decided to live the entrepreneurial lifestyle surrounded around pole dancing.
  • She explains how she opened her pole dancing business that taught people how to pole dance properly and how to use the art to maintain physical health like any other sport.
  • She talks about turning pole dancing into a serious and professional sport, and potentially to land the sport into the Olympic Games.
  • Wayne and Dave share their newly formed views of pole dancing after their impressions were changed by their guest Tammy.
Direct download: Episode_155_-_Tammy_Morris.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

Changing the Game

Introduction:

  • Tammy is a professional pole dancer for the past 16 years of her life, travelling around the world to perform.
  • After starting as an exotic dancer she then moved into the fitness business to become a pole dancer and fitness instructor.
  • Over the course of her career she has won over 15 titles and awards associated with pole dancing.
  • Tammy takes pride in her passion, which she feels would be very useful to keep people healthy and exercised.
  • She now runs a business based on teaching the art of pole dancing.

 

In this Episode:

  • Wayne Jagoe fills in for Greg and hosts the show for the day.
  • Tammy talks about challenging the status quo’s opinion of pole dancing. She explains to Dave and Wayne how pole dancing is more of a fitness oriented activity, rather than what it is stereotyped as.
  • Tammy likes to explain how she always had an entrepreneurial spirit because she always liked to question things in life and do things for herself, it is through this philosophy that she decided to live the entrepreneurial lifestyle surrounded around pole dancing.
  • She explains how she opened her pole dancing business that taught people how to pole dance properly and how to use the art to maintain physical health like any other sport.
  • She talks about turning pole dancing into a serious and professional sport, and potentially to land the sport into the Olympic Games.
  • Wayne and Dave share their newly formed views of pole dancing after their impressions were changed by their guest Tammy.
Direct download: Episode_155_-_Tammy_Morris_1.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 9:43am EDT

Introducing Deborah:

·         Has worked for CBC as a journalist since Highschool.

·         After being a seasoned journalist for over 20 years, Deborah decided to form her own media company, Canteen Media. Which offers media training.

·         She is now a media consultant, veteran journalist, communicator, and an entrepreneur.

In this episode:

·         Wayne Jagoe guest hosts the Boiling Point for his third time.

·         Deborah talks about her amazing time working for CBC.

·         Dave shares his memories growing up always listening to the CBC, and how it formed who he is today, and how it always kept him informed.

·         Deborah fills us in about how Canteen offers media training as one of her services and how she went down that road in her career after being advised to do so by her sister.

·         Deborah talks about how an audience can instinctively tell how scripted a podcast or speech is and how an audience appreciates a more genuine message instead of an overly structured or contrived message.

·         Dave and Wayne share their post interview reflections with Deborah.

Direct download: Episode_154_-_Deborah_Irvine_Anderson.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

Introducing Paul Campbell:

  • Paul is a former amateur hockey prospect who had high hopes to making into the big leagues until a tragic car accident on Christmas of 1987 left him in a coma for 51 days, due to this he could never really play hockey again.
  • He has since become a teacher whose motivation in life is inspiring others and making a positive impact in people’s lives.
  • After the death of his brother he was inspired to finally publish his book about his life, that being Goodnight Paul. The Journey to My NHL: Living the Dream.
  • His book has been read and endorsed by Chris Hatfield and Don Cherry.
  • Though Paul came close to death he considers himself to be the luckiest man alive.

In this episode:

  • Paul shares with us with his hilarious story about how he got here before this interview.
  • Paul shares his positive physical change since his coma in 1987.
  • Dave explains how he was introduced to Paul through Email and drawn in by Paul’s amazing story.
  • Paul shares how he started skating since he was 16 months old and grew up to be a very strong hockey player. How he led his high school and junior teams in scoring.
  • Paul tells Greg and Dave how he had a verbal agreement from the IHL’s Peoria Riverman the St.Louis Blues’ affiliate that he could tryout once he was finished playing university hockey.
  • Paul explains how he got into his car accident on Christmas night in 1987 and how he didn’t know he was in a coma for 51 days until he awoke in March of 1988.
  • Paul says that after his concussion he couldn’t skate very well, which devastated him because being a hockey player was his dream that he worked so hard to achieve.
  • Paul sadly tells the Boiling Point that he lost his best friend Frank in the car accident and that he thinks of Frank every day since then.
  • Paul shares his own “never give up philosophy” to inspire others.
  • Paul shares about his book Goodnight Paul. The Journey to My NHL: Living the Dream.
Direct download: The_Boiling_Point_-_Episode_153_-_Paul_Campbell.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 8:46am EDT

Introducing Mike and Jan George

  • Jan is a Finance Manager, Mike an IT Consultant, both are married with three children.
  • They have received strong media attention around their 25-year-old son Ben, who has a disability caused by a virus known as cytomegalovirus, or CMV.
  • CMV is the leading cause of disability in newborns.
  • Mike has written a book about the struggles that they have subsequently gone through with helping Ben as well as raising awareness about this devastating virus.

In this episode:

  • Wayne Jagoe co-hosts the show to fill in for Greg.
  • Dave and Wayne welcome on Jan and Mike George, both parents of Ben who was born disabled caused by the virus CMV.
  • We discuss how the virus CMV is largely unknown by the mainstream but yet is the number one cause of disability in newborns. This virus attacked Ben’s neurological system and caused multiple severely inhibiting symptoms when he was only an infant.
  • We discuss Mike’s book about their experiences and journey raising Ben, the book is called Third Time Lucky.
  • Mike and Jan fill us in on their website and movement called Soaring Families. Which both serves to help families that struggle with the emotional hardships of disabilities and also to share information to help ease the experience of those going through similar situations.
  • We hear about Jan and Mike’s experience and how they use their experience to offer tools towards helping others who are now going through the same scenario or those that are similar.
  • Mike shares with us that Ben is now going to University communicating through his electronic communications device.
  • You can read more about Ben’s amazing story here.
  • Wayne is inspired by this incredible story describing it as “surreal”.
Direct download: George2_Final_Edit_MP3.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:08pm EDT

In this episode:

· Bruce fills in the hosts about organizational culture in business and how it can make the biggest impact for a company’s product differentiation and giving a company a competitive advantage.

· Bruce talks about how people don’t quit their company, they leave their boss. Having strong organizational culture in business helps for companies to retain their employees for the long term.

· Bruce discusses the biggest systemic challenges organizations are met with, an example of this is companies having too strong of a command and control mentality.

· Bruce explains how HR expertise can really help bring about change in culture for a business to thrive and succeed.

· He elaborates how if a company usually is late for all of its meetings it’s more reflective about the company’s culture.

Direct download: Bruce_MacLeod_Edit_1.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 11:10am EDT

Breaking Down The Story

 

Introducing Craig Norris and VideoBand Productions 

We have all heard about the doom and gloom in regards to the environment and climate change, but what would get us engaged to be a part of the solution? Many have tried to spur us into action or at least gain our attention (some more successfully than others). One way we can take any heavy subject more interesting is to convey the facts in the way of a story. So, what makes a story captivating? Today’s Boiling Point guest is showing us how to take big problems, break them into smaller problems, and turn them into an engaging story.

Craig Norris is a previous Boiling Point guest and is back with us this week to bring us up-to-date with what he has been up to. Since we last spoke to Craig, he and his company VideoBand Productions have been busy creating engaging stories that tackle real environmental problems. Craig’s “secret sauce” in creating intriguing content that is both entertaining and educational is fairly simple. He looks to tell a story where you find an interesting person in an interesting place doing something interesting. Using this formula in his recent film, Kokota: The Islet of Hope, Craig was honoured with three awards, including Best Short Film on Sustainability at the world’s largest eco film festival, The DC Environmental Film Festival.

Check out this episode of the Boiling Point to see how you could make your next story something truly great.

 

In this episode

  • We are reacquainted with Craig.
  • He tells us about his recent trip to Washington, DC and his win at the DCEFF.
  • Craig tells us the story behind, Kokota: The Islet of Hope as well as a few of his other great films.
  • There is a discussion about how to tackle huge problems by breaking them down into smaller problems to tackle and achieve a great deal.
  • We learn how a cross-cultural exchange between Canada and Pemba, Tanzania offered inspiration and information for both countries.
  • Craig breaks down how he is able to tell such great stories.
  • There is a discussion on how humor is a great way to leave a long-lasting impact on someone’s mind, even with dry or heavy material.
  • Craig tells us about a time before filmmaking when he was in a job that didn’t match his values and how he made a change.
  • We discuss how a lot of stress and unhappiness can emerge from having roles in businesses that don’t match our personal values.
  • Craig talks about how following your passion is not easy but worthwhile and how you might end up working harder, but sleeping better.
  • Greg is inspired by how Craig is able to do work in line with his values.
  • Dave loves how Greg and Craig don’t treat each other as competition but as colleagues and how Craig is able to break down what makes a great story.

 

Links

- VideoBand's Website

- VideoBand on Facebook

- VideoBand on YouTube

- VideoBand on Vimeo

- Craig's Previous Boiling Point Episode

- Community Forests International

- Tideland Doc Fest

Direct download: BP150CraigNorris.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:19pm EDT

Charitable Confirmation

 

Introducing Jay Whitelaw and Givesome

We are all asked to give to charities and groups on a daily basis. Sometimes it is through adding a dollar to your supermarket total, or maybe a television commercial, or a girl scout at your front door. At the same time, many of us have become cynics when it comes to charitable giving because we don’t know where all the money is going and we often only hear from the charity or group when it comes time to give again. This cynicism has boiled over to a point where less Canadians are making charitable donations and giving less of their income according to 2014 Canadian Revenue Agency data. Today’s Boiling Point guest has taken notice of this dilemma and hacked the process of donating. 

Jay Whitelaw is the creator of Givesome, an app that changes the game for charitable donations in a few key ways. Firstly, there isn’t a question of how much of your money is going to a given charity; it’s 100%. Jay developed his system so that corporations and brands partner with him in order to pay for any operational costs in exchange for branding opportunities. This allows all funds given by person donators to go directly to the initiative they are supporting. The app also tackles another problem many fundraisers overlook, which is to show the direct impact of your donation. Givesome shows you exactly how your money was used through notifications of any project you financially support and gets funded. This way you can actually see the impact you are making with a small donation. 

Check out this week’s episode of the Boiling Point to see how you can be inspired to give.

 

In this episode

  • We meet Jay and get inspired by the way he is giving back.
  • Jay tells us why it is so much more meaningful to actually see our charitable dollars at work.
  • We hear a recent example of how Givesome works, and how an initiative was funded in less than 2 hours.
  • We hear how give a little and see the good works.
  • Jay tells us how he got brands and corporations to fund all operational costs so that your charitable funds aren’t “taxed”.
  • Jay tells us about an important piece he received that involved asking for “beatings”.
  • We hear how a chance meeting with a man from Namibia changed his life forever.
  • Jay explains how charitable giving without seeing the impact is like buying a Christmas gift for a kid and not being there when they open it up.
  • Greg appreciates how Givesome doesn’t put too much pressure on either donators or brands.
  • Dave like the practical applications of “taking beatings”.

 

Links

- Givesome's Website

- Givesome at the App Store

- Givesome on Facebook

- Givesome on Twitter

- Givesome on Instagram

- Givesome on Vimeo

- Jay on Linked In

 

Direct download: BP149JayWhitelaw.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

Solving Complex Problems with the Catalyst Innovation Program

 

Introducing Mark Breen of Enterprise Saint John and Patrick Parent of Moosehead Breweries

Innovation creativity is not a destination, but a journey. We know that most companies have to be innovative to stay relative. However, if pace of your innovation isn’t quick enough you risk your business fading away. Often companies get complacent over time and a sort of “group-think” sets in where processes and company culture are little changed over time and the result is a lack of creative thought. Today’s guests have tackled similar problems and have come out stronger and more innovative on the other side.

Mark Breen is an economic development officer with Enterprise Saint John, an economic development agency in New Brunswick, Canada. After looking at statistics gathered by Statistics Canada and the Conference Board of Canada regarding how innovative specific regions, Mark learned that New Brunswick was last on the innovation scorecard. To tackle this Enterprise Saint John sought input from a number of industries and found that many companies didn’t have a methodology for solving complex problems with innovative ideas. The result was the formulation of the Catalyst Innovation Program. One company that signed on to try to tackle is energy sustainability problem was Moosehead Breweries. Patrick Parent is Moosehead’s vice president of operations and human resources and he is with us today to describe how his 150 year old company was impacted by the Catalyst Innovation Program and how its process helped to solve their energy sustainability problem.

Check out this episode of the Boiling Point to see how the Catalyst Innovation Program could help you learn how to solve complex problems in your business.

 

In this episode

  • Dave and Greg reflex on their time apart and with Monica Adair and Stephen Kopp.
  • Dave announces the birth of his new baby.
  • We are introduced to Mark Breen and Patrick Parent.
  • Mark tells us where the idea of the Catalyst Innovation Program came from.
  • Patrick tells us about the 150-year-old brewery and how the program helped Moosehead Breweries with their energy issues.
  • We discuss the steps of the Catalyst Innovation Program and how the process allows you to think differently about tackling opportunities.
  • Mark tells us why certain initiatives don’t stick when consultants are brought in for a few weeks to look at an issue.
  • We use Moosehead as a case study of how the program works.

 

Links

- Enterprise Saint John Website

- The Catalyst Innovation Program

- Enterprise Saint John on Twitter

- Enterprise Saint John on Facebook

- Enterprise Saint John on Linked In

- Mark Breen on Linked In

- Moosehead Breweries Website

- Moosehead on Facebook

- Moosehead on Twitter

- Moosehead on Instagram

- Patrick on Linked In

Direct download: BP148PatrickParentMarkBreen.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 1:38pm EDT

Authentic Negotiating

 

Introducing Corey Kupfer and Authentic Enterprises

We often hear the phrase “win-win” when we are in a negotiation setting. However, sometimes this phrase is used as a tactic to get you off your guard and the true intent of the negotiator is to get a much from you as possible. Sure, we all want to get a great deal, but when one party to a negotiation is losing out it can lead to a number of future problems. Today’s boiling point guest truly believes in “win-win” and being authentic in your business dealings.

Corey Kupfer is an expert strategist, dealmaker, and business consultant with more than 30 years of professional negotiating experience. Along with being an entrepreneur, Corey is an attorney, speaker, and author of the book, “Authentic Negotiating: Clarity, Detachment & Equilibrium—The Three Keys To Negotiating Success & How To Achieve Them.” In the book, Corey draws on his year of experience on how to strike a deal that works well for both parties.

To see how your next negotiation can truly be “win-win” check out this episode of the Boiling Point.

 

In this episode

  • Greg tells us how he met Corey in Philadelphia during the Social Venture Network.
  • Corey explains why negotiation has to be more than game playing and taking advantage and the pitfalls of this type of strategy.
  • He tells us about the body of work you must take on to be in the best position to negotiate.
  • We hear how clarity, detachment, and equilibrium are key facets to successful negotiation.
  • Corey tells us why one-sided deals don’t work and how it can affect ongoing relationships and future deals.
  • Dave talks about a negotiation experience he once had where the other side saw he was undervaluing himself.
  • Corey tells us why he will sometimes makes deals for more than what was offered.
  • There is a discussion of how our ego can get in the way of authentic negotiations.
  • Greg discusses what he sees as the difference in business models between Amazon and Etsy.
  • Corey tells us about a time where the relationships he built in the past saved him for the future.

 

Links

- CoreyKupfer.com

- Kupfer & Associates Website

- Authentic Negotiating: Clarity, Detachment & Equilibrium—The Three Keys To Negotiating Success & How To Achieve Them

- The Authentic Negotiating Success Quiz

- Corey on Twitter

- Corey on Linked In

- Corey on Facebook

- Corey on YouTube

 

 

Direct download: BP147CoreyKupfer.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 12:08pm EDT

Coaching the Parent

Introducing Alison Smith and Parent Learning Community

Obviously, we at the Boiling Point are great advocates of coaching. We know that the coach approach works because we have experienced in in our own lives. The coach approach can help us navigate all numbers of aspects in our lives from business, to athletics, to life in general. Today’s Boiling Point guest takes her coach approach to parenting.

Alison Smith is a former educator, mom, parenting coach, and writer living in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. With her coaching, she supports parents in learning to decode their child’s behaviour and helps to improve cooperation and communication within families. Alison is an advocate of positive and gentle parenting as it is derived from a place of respect for all parties.

Check out this week’s episode of the Boiling Point for pointers on how you can make your family life more positive.

 

In this episode

  • Dave is back and hosting with Greg.
  • We are introduced to Alison and learn more on her coaching approach to parenting.
  • Alison tells us how she got into coaching partly due to the lack of time for relationship building in the education system.
  • We are introduced the concepts of gentle and positive parenting and how it doesn’t mean a child can get away with anything.
  • Alison tells us about the two main groups of people that are interested in her coaching.
  • Greg and Dave get interested in Alison’s Dads and Beer coaching group.
  • There is a discussion on the evolution of fatherhood and on allowing yourself to be vulnerable.
  • Dave and Alison discuss the fallacy that coaches have it all figured out, and the truth to the saying, “Don’t trust a coach without a coach.”
  • Greg discusses how part of figuring out the correct path is by making mistakes.
  • Alison gives us her number one parenting tip.

 

Links

- Alison's Website

- Alison on Facebook

- Parent Learning Forum on Facebook

- Alison on Twitter

- Alison on YouTube

- Alison on LinkedIn

- Alison on Instagram

 

Direct download: BP146AlisonSmith.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

Creating a Life Worth Living is a Life Saved

  

Introducing Neil Burchill and inSIGHT Wellness

We have all heard the phrase, “everything in moderation.” How many of us actually live these words? The people who seem to have the greatest lives are the ones who take care of their body, mind, and spirit, but many of us fall back into unhealthy and stressful lifestyles. Today’s Boiling Point guest believes that once you have a deeper understanding of what you need and strive for that, you will have much greater health and lifestyle outcomes.

Neil Burchill is the co-owner of inSIGHT Wellness in Fredericton, New Brunswick. In his 20-year career as a nutritional consultant, Neil has helped thousands of people dealing with chronic health issues with the goal for them to achieve optimal and sustainable health. Neil’s uses education in the workplace to bridge the gap between nutrition and lifestyle so that people can attain a sense of balance and empowerment to their lives at work and home. This win-win-win approach creates greater health outcomes for employees (both at home and work), it avoids downtime in the work setting, and keep people out of the hospital saving the government money.

Check out this episode of the Boiling Point to learn how to greatly improve your health and life.

 

In this episode

  • Stephen Kopp is back in the booth with Greg.
  • We are introduced to Neil and his partner Jocelyn.
  • Neil asks us to think what moderation means to you.
  • Greg tells us about how he feels his body is changing and what he has been doing to adapt to the change.
  • We discuss how a change in perspective can drastically alter how you might see any given day.
  • Neil talks about how people often ask others to provide them answers when they should be trying to better understand themselves.
  • We hear how inSIGHT works with employers to have a win-win-win outcome for employees, employers, and the government.
  • There is a discussion about how we spend so much waking time at work, why can we learn to be healthier there.
  • Neil tells us why they got rid of cell phones at his company.
  • Greg tells us how a plan to get at least 8 hours of sleep affected him both positively and negatively.
  • Neil tells us to stop outsourcing our happiness and that everything we need is what we already have.

 

Links

- inSIGHT Wellness webpage

-inSIGHT Wellness on Facebook

-inSIGHT Wellness on Twitter

- Neil on Linked In 

Direct download: BP145NeilBurchill.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 10:49am EDT

Marketing Your Purpose

 

Introducing Anne Boyle, Polina Pinchevsky, and Round Peg.

The days of using Don Draper’s marketing style is over. No longer are we to believe that we are truly filling our “inner void” with a product. These days we are looking for more. We want our dollars to go to companies that are making an impact and have a true altruistic purpose. When socially responsible companies need to get their story to their customers, they need look no further than today’s Boiling Point guests.

Anne Boyle and Polina Pinchevsky are the head of Round Peg; a marketing company with the responsibility of showing consumers how each of their purchases can be an opportunity to help change the world. Round Peg works with socially conscious companies to tell their story and more importantly convey their purpose.                                                                                            

Check out this episode of the Boiling Point to see how you could use marketing as a force for good.

 

In this episode

  • Stephen Kopp is back in the booth with Greg.
  • We discuss how important it is for socially conscious companies to get their message (and purpose) out there.
  • Greg tells us how he first met Polina and Anne.
  • We learn how Round Peg is changing the approach to marketing.
  • There is a discussion about why a company’s purpose is so important in this age.
  • Polina and Anne tell us about marketing responsibility and how the business has changed.
  • We hear about some great companies that are making great strides for good.
  • There is a discussion on how purpose could be the next phase in marketing history.
  • Greg talks about how B-Corps generally stand FOR something as opposed to standing AGAINST something. 

 

Links

- Round Peg Website

- Round Peg on Twitter

- Round Peg on Facebook

- Round Peg on Linked In

- Round Peg's Blog

- Polina on Twitter

- Polina on Linked In

- Anne on Twitter

- Anne on Linked In

Direct download: BP144PolinaAnne.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

The Right Confidence

 

Introducing Dr. Hal Movius and Movius Consulting

Negotiation is a daily reality in most of our lives. Whether it is a big-time business deal or bargaining with a five-year-old over bedtime, negotiation is a fact of life. There is a pervasive belief that some of us are better negotiators based on personality and confidence but according to today’s guest this is just not the case.

Dr. Hal Movius is an applied psychologist, negotiation and leadership coach, consultant, trainer, author, and researcher in the field of negotiation. For five years, he taught a course on negotiation at Harvard University and he currently consults Fortune 500 leaders. Hal’s focus is on how leaders and teams can protect relationships and be collaborative and creative when they are under intense competitive pressures on in situations where the one side has more power than the other.

Check out this episode of the Boiling Point to see how you could sharpen your negotiating game.

 

In this episode

  • Stephen Kopp is back co-hosting with Greg.
  • We are introduced to Hal and his work.
  • Hal tells us why personality is not the determining factor on how well you can negotiate.
  • We learn how situational factors play into negotiation with an example from a college experiment.
  • Greg tells us how he reset the context from competition to collaboration at a recent event he attended.
  • Hal tells us about his previous book, “Built to Win” and how even after learning the correct skills it can still be difficult to negotiate in practice.
  • We learn about Hal’s new book “Resolve: Negotiating Life’s Conflicts with Greater Confidence
  • There is a discussion on how over confidence in negotiations can be a detriment.
  • Hal tells us about the right type of confidence to have in negotiation.
  • Stephen brings up how new companies can often underestimate their worth and we hear how some tech entrepreneurs have the opposite issue.
  • Hal give us an example of using executive pens to illustrate the endowment effect.
  • We learn that negotiation is learned and not something you are born with.
  • Stephen realizes how many negotiations you have in a given day.
  • Greg sees confidence is important yet risky.

 

Links

- Movius Consulting Website

- HalMovius.com

- "Resolve: Negotiating Life's Conflicts with Greater Confidence" on Amazon

- "Built to Win: Creating a World-class Negotiating Organization" on Amazon

- Hal on Linked In

- Hal on Facebook

- Email Hal

Direct download: BP143DrHalMovius.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 11:33am EDT

The Good News

 

Introducing Maren Keeley and Conscious Company Media

Have you ever ended an experience of watching or reading the news only to feel more depressed than informed? There is no shortage of content out there (especially on the internet) that would leave a person feeling pretty down on the world. We don’t want to reject reality, but we all know there are also a lot of great stories out there going underreported. This week’s Boiling Point guest felt the same way about businesses doing positive things in the world and did something about it.

Maren Keeley is the co-founder of Conscious Company Media, a content provider, which shares inspiring stories about business as a force for good. Maren knew that businesses that consciously account for all stakeholders are great vehicles to drive positive change.   She also knew that these types of positive businesses didn’t have enough of a voice. So, not only does Conscious Company publishes a gorgeous magazine, but now are providing content across multiple platforms, offering webinars, publishing research papers, and are hosting an in-person conference later this year.

Check out the good news on this episode of Boiling Point.

 

In this episode

  • Stephen Kopp is back co-hosting with Greg.
  • We are introduced to Maren and Conscious Company.
  • Maren lets us in on the motivation to start a magazine.
  • Greg tells us about his appetite for great smelling magazines.
  • We hear about how a combination of great content and appealing design draws people to Conscious Company.
  • We discuss how a copy of Conscious Company in your business’s waiting room tells something about your company.
  • There is a discussion of how people are seeking more positive news.
  • Maren tells us about the feeling of hope for the future from many business leaders due to the younger generation.
  • Greg tells us about a recent experience of sharing a positive story on Venezuela.
  • Maren tells us not to deny the negative headlines, but to realize that these headlines don’t necessarily inspire change to something better.
  • She also tells us about some of the great people she has been able to interview so far.

 

Links

- Conscious Company Website

- Conscious Company on Facebook

- Conscious Company on Twitter

- Conscious Company on Linked In

- Conscious Company on Instagram

- Maren on Linked In

- Maren on Twitter

 

Direct download: BP142MarenKeeley.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

Give Back Pack

 

Introducing Scot Tatelman and State Bags 

It is truly great when you can buy a fantastic product for yourself and at the same time give a fantastic product to someone in need. This is exactly what happens when you purchase a bag from this week’s Boiling Point guest.

Scot Tatelman and his wife Jacqueline are the co-founders of State Bags, which is a one for one bag brand based out of New York City. Similar to companies like TOMS Shoes, for every State bag that is sold, State donates a fully stocked backpack to an American child in need; truly a win-win.  

But this is not even close to where the giving stops for this philanthropic couple. In fact, the whole idea for State bags came from another cause that is close to their heart. Scot and Jacqueline have a passion for providing summer camp to under privileged, inner-city children. They noticed that when campers were settling in to camp, many would bring their items in plastic garbage bags, an observation that while truly heartbreaking, provided the inspiration for State Bags. 

But this isn’t even where the story ends, so check out this episode of the Boiling Point to see how business can truly make positive impact.

 

In this episode

  • Stephen Kopp is back hosting with a pantless Greg.
  • We hear how Greg met Scot at the B Corp Champions Retreat in Philadelphia.
  • Scot tells us about the Give Back Pack program.
  • We hear how the creation of State bags was inspired through an observation made at summer camp.
  • We hear how kids get more than just a bag, but also inspiration and confidence at State’s bag drop events.
  • Scot tells us how the company has changed from it’s beginning and how it had to be about more than just mission.
  • There is discuss how mission based brands should go about promote their product vs. their mission.
  • Scot explains the importance of camp to him and his family, even if it occurs during the “super bowl” of backpack sales, back to school time.
  • We learn the difference between traditional B-Corps and Benefit Corporations.
  • Scot tells us about the additional issues State is taking on with the “What do we tell the Kids Project”
  • Greg uses an analogy of Jenga to talk about taking greed out of capitalism.

 

Links

- State Bags Website

- State Bags on Twitter

- State Bags on Facebook

- State Bags on Instagram

- The Country Roads Foundation

- Scot on Linked In 

- #WhatDoWeTellTheKids 

 

Direct download: BP141ScotTatelman.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 1:47pm EDT

Disabling Bias

 

Introducing Dr. Leeno Karumanchery, Diversity Solutions, and Enkidu

There is something terrible that we all have inside us that are difficult to remove unless it is brought into the light of day. It can affect how we perceive other people and can negatively affect our decision-making. The thing I am speaking of is our unconscious bias and today’s Boiling Point guest is seeking to eliminate it from our organizations.

Dr. Leeno Karumanchery is a sociologist with 25 years of experience in the field of diversity and inclusion. He is recognized as one of North America’s preeminent emotional intelligence and diversity experts and is the creator of Diversity Intelligence training as well as the executive vice president of training and content development at Enkidu. Enkidu is a consultancy company that helps organizations identify their talent, hire more people like them, keep them, and promote them through the examination of emotional intelligence.

Check out this episode of the Boiling Point to see how emotional and diversity intelligence could help you and your organization.

 

In this episode

  • A coffee soaked Greg is back with Stephen Kopp filling in for Dave.
  • We are introduced to Leeno and Enkidu.
  • Leeno lets us in on the correct pronunciation of Enkidu, what the name means, and how it relates to the company’s goals.
  • Leeno tells us how Enkidu uses data analytics to drive unconscious bias out of organizations.
  • We learn about emotional intelligence and how it is a better predictor of success than IQ or skill set.
  • Leeno tells us the four components of EQ and tell us why EQ makes better leaders.
  • Leeno uses Greg’s Honda Accord as an example of diversity intelligence.
  • We hear some examples of insidious unconscious bias and how our unconscious bias bleeds through organizations.
  • Leeno discusses how we see ourselves by our intent, but other see us through our impact and relates this to rude people and micro-managers.
  • We also hear an analogy of Leeno’s brother and why we sometimes do not see women and diversity in positions of leadership.
  • Greg appreciates how Leeno and Enkidu are able to hack the major problem of our assumptions and bias.
  • We also hear a story of how Greg takes out the garbage.

 

Links

- Leeno on Twitter

- Enkidu360 Website

- Diversity Solutions Website

- Leeno on Linked In

 

Direct download: BP140LeenoKarumanchery.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:46pm EDT

Diaper Different

 

Introducing Jason Graham-Nye and gDiapers 

We all have met (or have been) that first time parent who goes above-and-beyond to do and be the very best for their new bundle of joy; They feed the best food, give all the proper brain stimulation, and give all the love a little one could ask for. However, many of these same people will draw the line when it comes to the choice of whether to use cloth or disposable diapers. One option seems time consuming and gross and the other option can be equally gross and bad for the environment. Luckily, today’s Boiling Point guest has a better option, which takes the positives of both previous choices and removes the downside.

Jason Graham-Nye is the president and co-founder of gDiapers. Around 15 year ago, Jason and his wife were about to have their first child and realized that as parents they would be leaving this planet to the next generation. It has been said that it takes a diaper 500 years to biodegrade, that there is the equivalent to a cup of oil in each diaper, and 50 million disposable diapers are used every day in the United States. Jason and his wife decided to try a product they found from Tasmania and after being customers they bought the rights to sell it in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Today, gDiapers is a B Corp company that continues to innovate and make a real impact with every newborn they touch.

Check out this week’s episode to see a great example of a triple bottom line business in action.

 

In this episode 

  • Monica Adair is back filling in for Greg Hemmings one more time.
  • We are reminded that Dave will soon have another bundle of joy.
  • Jason introduces himself and we hear how he went from being a Japanese teacher and stockbroker to a diaper baron.
  • Jason gives us the shocking statistics on disposable diapers and exactly how bad they are for our environment.
  • We hear how this business provides both money and meaning to both Jason and his wife.
  • There is a discussion of how parenthood opens up a whole new world of guilt but how gDiapers could save a parent a bit of environmental guilt.
  • Jason tells us how gDiapers and the B Corp philosophy was such a great match.
  • Jason also tells us a brief history on disposable products and why it has taken us so long to come up with a better disposable diaper.
  • We learn how gDiapers redefine convenience and remove guilt for a new parent.
  • Jason also tells us about his innovative gCycle product that is currently in development.
  • We also have a discussion on how and why B Corps can have difficulty finding investment.

 

Links

- gDiapers' Website

- gDiapers on Amazon and Amazon Canada

- gDiapers on Facebook

- gDiapers on Twitter

- gDiapers on Instagram

- gCycle Website

- Jason on Linked In

 

 

Direct download: BP139JasonGraham-Nye.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:06pm EDT

Embracing Ambiguity

 

Introducing Trevor Haldenby and The Mission Business

Is there a better profession to put on your business card than time traveller? Probably not, but that is exactly what this week’s Boiling Point guest has on his card. Trevor Haldenby is an imaginative futurist, entrepreneur, and researcher who helps people and organizations build a creative vision of the world of tomorrow.

As an entrepreneur and consultant Trevor has 10 years of experience bringing business innovation, strategic foresight, and digital storytelling to global organizations. In 2012, Trevor co-founded The Mission Business Inc., a creative studio that designs immersive events and performances set within different future scenarios. As President of The Mission Business, he designs and delivers critically acclaimed public art projects and interactive workshops that enable leadership teams and the masses to “time travel” into possible, plausible, and preferable future scenarios.

Check out this episode of the Boiling Point to see how travelling to the future could give you better understanding of the challenges we will one day face.

 

In this episode

  • Monica Adair is back filling in for Greg Hemmings.
  • We hear how Greg met Trevor at a 21 Inc. event for leaders in Atlantic Canada.
  • Trevor tells us all about the Mission Business and what they do.
  • We learn what futurists do and how they help our society.
  • Trevor tells us how futurists need to be comfortable with ambiguity.
  • We hear how science fiction seems to be the “gateway drug” for those seeking a future as a futurist.
  • We hear how businesses use futurists to translate big ideas.
  • Trevor discusses how everything in the world has been designed.
  • We hear about a NASA conference that used the Mission Business to illustrate some big ideas and how they did so.
  • Monica and Dave admire the ability to not fear the unknown and be comfortable in ambiguity.

 

Links

- The Mission Business Website

- The Mission Business on Facebook

- The Mission Business on Twitter

- Trevor's Personal Website 

- Trevor on Twitter

- Trevor on Linked In

- Trevor's TEDx speech about Bringing the Future to Life

- Trevor's winning speech at Autodesk's 2025 Design Innovation's Awards

- See the Mission Business in action with Zed.To

Direct download: BP138TrevorHaldenby.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:05pm EDT

The Mighty Introvert

 

Introducing Luis Vazquez and TheMightyIntrovert.com

What type of person do you think of when you think of an entrepreneur? Most likely you think of a boisterous visionary type who stands out from the crowd. While this is often how we characterize entrepreneurs, this isn’t always the case. Many entrepreneurs would consider themselves introverts who would much rather an evening of quiet contemplation than an evening of schmoozing at a networking social. Sadly, many entrepreneurial-minded introverts never take the first steps to pursuing their own business because there is so much interaction in starting a business and with the selling process. Today’s Boiling Point guest is out to smash the misconception that introverts cannot be successful business people; they just need to go about things a different way.

Luis Vazquez calls himself a s creative hustler but is also a freelance developer, a former break-dancer, and an introvert who helps other introverts to shine with his website, TheMightyIntrovert.com. His message to introverts is to stop pretending to be extraverts.   This can be hard for some because a lot of the resources out there are designed for the more extraverted. The resource that Luis has developed has not only helped him and his own business, but countless other introverts.

Check out this episode of the Boiling Point to fully empower yourself or your favorite introvert.

 

In this episode

  • Monica is back filling in for Greg.
  • We hear about how Greg met Luis at a Seth Godin event.
  • The group discusses the benefits to being both an introvert and an extravert.
  • Luis tells us about how difficult it was initially for him to become a freelancer as an introvert.
  • Luis tells us about his background as a first generation Mexican-American in a poor neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and how some of this played into his introversion.
  • Luis also tells us how in Mexican culture can see introverts as ‘the alphas’.
  • We hear how by trying to sell as an extravert Luis was rewarded with $150 and a Burger King Sandwich. We then hear how this all changed when he tried some different strategies.
  • Luis tells us why improvisation or “winging it” doesn’t work for introverts as much as for extraverts, but there is a better strategy.
  • Dave mentions how some extraverts have no problem speaking, but often have difficulty truly listening.
  • Luis tells us how introverts can be team players, but in a different way.
  • He also tells us that being in more extraverted situations can become easier if you treat the situation like building a muscle.
  • We hear how introverts are not necessarily shy.
  • Dave is drawn in by Luis and agrees there is so much to learn about the diversity of strengths we all bring.
  • Monica sees how introverts and extraverts really do compliment each other and we also hear how this played out in her office’s creative brainstorming sessions.

 

Links

- TheMightyIntrovert.com

- Luis on Twitter

- Luis on Linked In

- Course on Prospecting for Introverts

 

Direct download: BP137LuisVazquez.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:19pm EDT

Be Motivated by the Challenge

 

Introducing Heather Moyse

Have you truly challenged yourself lately? So many of us go through our daily lives and make excuses why we can’t take ourselves to the next level. Maybe we are just being lazy, have fears that we won’t live up to our dreams, or assume we are not good enough. Sometimes we just need to be motivated by someone that has done something extraordinary to kick-start our own challenges. Someone like two-time Olympic gold medalist Heather Moyse.

You would be surprised to find out that Heather wasn’t always so driven. She admits that her athletic prowess had more to do with genetics than dedication. Though she played three varsity sports in university, you wouldn’t have ever seen her in the gym lifting weights in her spare time. What Heather did enjoy was a challenge, which is just what happened when at the age of 27 she was given the opportunity to go to the Olympics just five months after being introduced to the sport of bobsledding. Find out how her challenge was almost if not more rewarding than her gold medals in this inspiring episode of the Boiling Point.

 

In this episode

  • Monica is back filling in for Greg.
  • We are introduced to Heather for both the person she is as well as her accomplishments.
  • We learn about what Heather is up to now and her passion for empowering others.
  • Heather tells us about the surreal experience of going to the Olympics.
  • Heather makes the point that she was just one of the best in the world who were willing to take a leap of faith to try to best at something and we are all capable of more than we generally give ourselves credit for.
  • We hear how Heather is inspiring others to take her path to become more than they could have imagined.
  • She tells us about her “no regrets” philosophy and what that means to her.
  • Heather tells us why we should strive for the “unlikely, but possible” and how she is now more motivated by a challenge than by mastering it.
  • Dave likes the idea of stepping back to appreciate and embrace the challenge and not just being focused on the result.
  • Monica wants to reevaluate where she may have had some limiting beliefs that may have stunted her in the past.

 

Links

- Heather's Website

- Heather on Facebook

- Heather on Twitter

- Heather on Instagram 

 

Direct download: BP136HeatherMoyse.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT

The Business of Brainstorming

 

Introducing Marilyn Barefoot and Barefoot Brainstorming

Children have a natural ability to be creative. You give a kid a box and she will imagine it as a million different things. At some point though a lot of us seem to misplace this creative ability to make random associations, but this skill is so important to so many professions, including creative entrepreneurs. This week’s Boiling Point guest is an expert in retraining your brain to become more creative once again.

Marilyn Barefoot is the head of Barefoot Brainstorming based out of Toronto, Ontario. Marilyn spent almost 30 years in the creative aspects of advertising and during that time noticed that in most agencies there was no process to being creative. Now Marilyn is helping companies all around the world by tapping into the creative abilities of their employees.

Check out this episode of the Boiling Point to see how you can get your creative juices flowing.

 

In this episode

  • Previous BP guest, Monica Adair fills in as a guest host for Greg.
  • We are introduced to Marilyn and hear a little bit about her background.
  • Marilyn tells us what prompted her to go and find a process for creativity.
  • We learn a little bit about the Osborn-Parnes model of creative problem solving.
  • Marilyn notes that children have the innate ability to make random associations and it seems that formal education impacts our ability to make the same associations as easily.
  • We hear a story of how random association helped Michelangelo invent the bicycle and how it helped develop Velcro.
  • Marilyn teaches of the importance of divergence and convergence in the process of being creative.
  • We hear some examples of how the brainstorming process has helped big companies make some unique decisions.
  • Monica loves the idea of getting ideas and thought out of their typical “silos” and making new and interesting connections to seemingly unconnected things.
  • Dave feels like there is so much more to lean from someone like Marilyn and notes the confidence she would have to have to facilitate such a creative experience.

 

Links

- Barefoot Brainstorming Website

- Marilyn on Linked In

- Barefoot Brainstorming on Facebook

- Marilyn on Twitter

- Barefoot Brainstorming on YouTube

Direct download: BP135MarilynBarefoot.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:40pm EDT

Positivity and Transparency

 

Reintroducing Jake Rothschild and Jake’s Ice Cream 

Social media can be an incredibly powerful force for good, but often it is used to spread vitriol and to create a platform for unconstructive argument. Many are looking to tune out the negativity including this week’s Boiling Point guest, Jake Rothschild.

Jake was a previous guest of the Boiling Point and had introduced us to his amazing Joyscream, possibly the world’s healthiest ice cream. Like many Americans, Jake has many reservations about the USA’s current political environment, the division of its people, and the negativity and arguments he sees being spread online. As a man who knows how to get people’s attention, Jake is trying to change the conversation online by spreading positivity and by being transparent.

Jake has decided to remain apolitical for the foreseeable future but wants to promote the good news that is still out there. One great example of this was a Facebook page he created to follow his journey to lose weight. Within 60 days, Jake had lost 24 lbs. and was amazed by the number of people that joined his group sharing their own stories and cheering him on.

Check out this episode to see how Jake is spreading the positive vibes on this episode of the Boiling Point.

 

In this episode

  • We hear how Jake gave Greg a marketing idea, which resulted in Greg finally selling his cottage.
  • Jake tells us his thoughts on America’s current political environment.
  • We hear about Jake’s former life within the media.
  • Jake shows us some of the flaws of the current social media landscape and how it can make people miserable.
  • We hear how he stopped being political online but started spreading the positive.
  • Jake tells us how the support he found on social media helped him to lose 24 lbs. in 60 days.
  • We also hear about Jake’s food business incubator is helping to launch other people’s businesses at the Irwin Street Market in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • We hear how brands like Uber are jumping on board with Jake.
  • Jake tells us how the community kitchen is a great way to test out new products without a huge investment.
  • We discuss how the incubator is like a venture capitalist where the currency is expertise and positivity.

 

Links

- Jake's Previous Boiling Point Appearance 

- Jake's Ice Cream Website

- Jake's Website

- Jake's Ice Cream on Twitter

- Jake's Ice Cream on Facebook

- Jake on Facebook

- The Irwin Street Market Website

- Greg Selling his N.B. Cottage

 

 

Direct download: BP134JakeRothschild.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:25pm EDT

The B Corp Bank

 

Introducing Craig Ryan and BDC

Financing is a big deal for entrepreneurs, but so often the charter banks just don’t “get” entrepreneurs. Luckily for Canadians, there is an option out there that is exclusively for entrepreneurs and they really do “get it”. That bank is the Business Development Bank of Canada and their director of social entrepreneurship, Craig Ryan, is our Boiling Point Guest this week.

The BDC was created by the federal government with the purpose to support entrepreneurship with special attention to small and medium sized businesses with loans, investments, and advising. The BDC is not just the bank for entrepreneurs but is also a B Corp and a great supporter of the cause. Check out this week’s episode of the Boiling Point to see how financing your social venture can be accomplished with the BDC.

 

In this episode

  • We meet Craig and hear about how he and the BDC helped spread the message of “The Millennial Dream”.
  • We hear about the purpose of the BDC and why that purpose is not a “mandate”.
  • Dave mentions the difference between his experiences as an entrepreneur with the charter banks and the BDC.
  • Craig tells us a little about some great B Corps across the country that you may not of heard about.
  • We delve into Craig’s background to see how he became a director of social entrepreneurship at BDC.
  • Craig tells us why the B Corp movement is so important to him and the BDC.
  • We also hear how Greg and “the Millennial Dream” were used as bait.
  • Craig also tells us about the Measure What Matters Tool, which is available on the BDC website and how it can measure your business’s impact in a very short amount of time.
  • Dave thinks it is so cool that a bank is helping promote the message in “the Millennial Dream”.
  • Greg is proud to be a part owner (along with all other Canadians) in a bank that gets entrepreneurs and believes in them.

 

Links

- The BDC Website

- The BDC's Measure What Matters Tool

- The BDC on Twitter

- The BDC on Facebook

- The B Corporation Website

- Craig on Linked In

- The Millennial Dream Website

Direct download: BP133CraigRyan.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT

Put Up or Shut Up

 

Introducing Janice MacPherson and Pomodori Pizzeria

We have all had the experience to being unsatisfied and it isn’t a great feeling. For some of us though, being dissatisfied can be the catalyst to creating something great. Take this week’s Boiling Point guest, who would end up ordering local fast food in order to get something on her table, but would often end up complaining to herself about what she received. Instead of just accepting what she got, she decided to “put up or shut up” and get into the fast food business for herself.

Janice MacPherson is the co-founder of Pomodori Pizzeria in Rothesay, New Brunswick along with her husband and previous BP guest, Steve Goddard back in 2008. Prior to Pomodori, Janice was running an independent internet service provider in British Columbia named Net Idea Telecommunications, which offered ISP services to people in Nelson, BC.   However, after becoming pregnant with her second child, she decided to move home to the Maritimes and work for the ISP remotely. During this time, she ended up eating out often but was often left unimpressed with the service and food she was receiving. The answer was to fix her problem herself and as a result Pomodori was founded. Now in business for around 8 years and after being rated 8th best in the world in the World Pizza Championship in Italy, Janice was able to turn dissatisfaction into a thriving business.

Find out how you could do this as well in the episode of the Boiling Point.

 

In this episode

  • Greg and Dave are treated to some fantastic pizza from Pomodori.
  • Janice tells us about the ups and downs of opening a new business two months before the greatest recession of our time.
  • Janice also tells us about the work she does with the Wallace McCain Institute and her four-year stint interviewing entrepreneurs on CBC radio.
  • We hear about how she got involved in an ISP years before the local telecommunication companies did in BC.
  • She tells us of what prompted her to get into the food business after returning to New Brunswick.
  • We understand Janice’s thought process when deciding on how Pomodori was to be set up and why she decided to go the route of fast counter service versus a full service restaurant.
  • Janice tells us what prompted her and her business partners to enter the World Pizza Championships and the outcomes that resulted.
  • We also hear about Janice’s human resource philosophies and how she is able to get teenagers to take on real responsibility so that they are able to gain true confidence.
  • There is also a discussion on why we don’t see more healthy fast food options.

 

Links

- Pomodori's Website

- Pomodori on Twitter

- Pomodori on Facebook

- Janice on Twitter

- Janice on Facebook

- Net Idea's Website

- Wallace McCain Institute's Website

- World Pizza Championship's Website

- Steve Goddard on The Boiling Point

- Judith Mackin on The Boiling Point

                                                                                                   

Direct download: BP132JaniceMacPherson.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

From Break to B Lab

 

Introducing Joyce Sou and B Lab

It seems we all live busy lives. We all have obligations and commitments that take up our working and non-working hours and often this leads to a lack of time to sit back and reflect. As our Boiling Point guest this week could tell us, taking some time away from your daily grind can help you reassess your situation and put you on a completely different path.

Joyce Sou went to business school and didn’t really know what she wanted to as a career path. At the time, she decided to take the path of least resistance to become an accountant and later an auditor in consumer markets. Though she credits her experience in these roles for developing her leadership skills, she knew that her current career path wasn’t what she wanted to do long term. After getting married, Joyce and her husband decided that they were going to take a break and had a sabbatical year to travel around the world and as an unintended consequence she learned a great deal about social enterprise.

To learn more about the results of her sabbatical and her work with B Lab, check out this episode of the Boiling Point.

 

In this episode 

  • We meet Joyce and hear about her work with B Lab in Canada.
  • Joyce tells us about her background and what led her to take a sabbatical that would change her life.
  • Joyce tells us how her time away gave her the ability to reassess her career path and to realize that the world still spins when you step back from your commitments.
  • Dave and Greg consider the merits of taking a sabbatical themselves.
  • We discuss how taking time away would lead to a different perspective.
  • Joyce tells us how she then got involved with B Lab and how business can help impact the world for good.
  • We discuss the merits of being a B Corporation or just taking the B Impact Assessment.
  • Joyce tells us how two hours of your time on the B Impact Assessment could give you a benchmark of how your company stands.
  • We also hear how Joyce is getting involved in hockey to one-day pay with her daughter.
  • Dave is inspired by the way that Joyce found her way to B Lab.
  • Greg considers how using a sabbatical as a reset is so interesting.

 

Links

- Joyce on Twitter

- Joyce on Linked In

- B Corporation Website

- B Corporation on Twitter

- B Corp Canada on Twitter

- B the Change Website

- B Impact Assessment

 

 

 

Direct download: BP131JoyceSou.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

Collaboration over Adversarial Relations

 

Introducing George Chmael II and Council Fire

It is always great to work in a collaborative environment but sometimes there is a belief that such environments cannot be achieved. So often instead of thinking of ways that everyone can work in concert, groups take an adversarial stance where the result makes one group a winner and another the loser. Today’s guest believes that more often than not and even in contested situations there is still a way to work together to achieve a result that everyone can be happy with.

George Chmael II is the president and chief sustainability officer at Council Fire, a Maryland based small sustainability consultancy, which has been running for 17 years and works on projects all over the world. Council Fire operates at the intersection of environmental, economic, and social issues and uses an approach of collaboration because, “together we are smarter than any one of us alone.”

A great example of their collaborative approach is when they were working with the port of Baltimore and the environmental impacts of maintaining a 128-mile “highway” between the city and the Chesapeake Bay. Instead of an us versus them mentality in regards to the port and environmentalists, George and his group engaged stakeholders, which led to greater results for all those involved including costing taxpayers $125 million less than they would have if they had taken the adversarial route.

Check out this episode of the Boiling Point to learn more and to see how this approach could work for you in the future.

 

In this episode

  • Dave tells us about his experience as a chaperone at We Day.
  • We learn about how Greg and George worked collaboratively to bring “The Millennial Dream” to some US showings.
  • We learn about the work that Council Fire does in the sustainability space.
  • George tells us how things have changed in the world of sustainability from when he started his company 17 years ago.
  • We hear why collaboration is so important with the work that George does.
  • George also tells us why his training as a lawyer helps him in his work today.
  • We hear of a great example of his work in relation to the port of Baltimore and the great spinoffs that came from it.
  • Dave talks about how being collaborative can be tough and that it takes a high degree of cooperation, trust, and time.
  • George tells us that credibility does not flow from words but from action.

 

Links

- Council Fire Website

- Council Fire on Twitter

- SustainaFest Website

- George on Linked In

 

Direct download: BP130GeorgeChmael.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:36pm EDT

He Wrote the Book

 

Introducing Ryan Honeyman and LIFT Economy

With increasing interest in B-Corp companies, many are left wondering how to learn more about the craze and how they can get involved. To this purpose, this week we have Ryan Honeyman from LIFT Economy who is also the writer of “The B Corp Handbook”.

Ryan is no stranger to the B Corp movement. In 2011, he started his own solo consulting firm focusing on making companies more sustainable and soon he heard rumblings of the B Corp movement and was impressed at its ability to measure and manage social and environmental impact. The trouble was explaining what B Corps were in a 30 second elevator pitch, so for those who wanted to know more he wrote “The B Corp Handbook”.

Today, Ryan is a partner at LIFT Economy, which is an impact-consulting firm that seeks to create, model, and share locally self-reliant economy for the benefit of all life. Ryan is also a podcaster for Next Economy Now and is currently fundraising for a Best for the World/B Corp accelerator called the Force for Good.

Check out this episode to learn even more about the B Corp movement.

 

In this episode

  • Ryan tells us a little about himself and LIFT Economy.
  • We learn how he got interested in B Corps and how he ended up writing the book on the movement.
  • We learn how companies that are not B Corps are using the assessment to benchmark their company’s performance.
  • Ryan tells us about his Force For Good Accelerator Fund and how the money is being raised through equity-based crowd funding.
  • There is a discussion on crowd funding and what makes equity crowd funding different.
  • Ryan tells us a bit about the Next Economy Now podcast for which he is a member.
  • Dave is impressed with how Ryan is so generous with his time and knowledge and his approach to financing B Corps.
  • Greg is inspired by how people like Ryan are doing such amazing things so selflessly.

 

Links

- Ryan on Linked In

- Ryan on Twitter

- The B Corp Handbook

- LIFT Economy Website

- LIFT Economy on Twitter 

- Force for Good Accelerator on WeFunder

- The Next Economy Now Podcast

 

Direct download: BP129RyanHoneyman.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

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